October sees the launch of a new fundraising group, with the aim to raise over £10,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. The fundraising group has been formed by staff at Tamar Telecommunications, following the death of their colleague, Paul Cupis in June.
Paul was 32 when he passed away from a brain tumour. The launch coincides with what would have been Paul’s 33rd birthday on the 13th October.
The group aim to raise both awareness and vital funds through The Paul Cupis Fund. Money raised will go to The Brain Tumour Charity, to support research into new MRI techniques as well as vital research into brain tumours.
The fundraising group known as The Brain Tumour Charity Paul Cupis Fund, will be fundraising around the Plymouth area over the coming months. Events in the pipeline includes parachute jumps, street collections as well as a charity ball.
Already, the fundraising total stands at £2,750.00. The progress can be followed online at www.JustGiving.com/Paul-Cupis-Fund
Kevin Christoforou, managing director of Tamar Telecommunications said:
“We were all devastated when Paul passed away on the 18th June. Paul was a well-liked and respected member of staff and is greatly missed. We are all eager to start raising funds for The Brain Tumour Charity Paul Cupis Fund. The support shown already by businesses and individuals has been amazing”.
Sarah Lindsell, Chief Executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, added:
“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and, unlike other cancers, survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years. We are leading the way in changing this and truly fighting brain tumours on all fronts through our work, including a £2.5m investment into research this year alone. The Brain Tumour Charity does not receive any government or statutory funding for our work and relies 100% on voluntary donations. The money raised by The Paul Cupis Fund will help make vital improvements in the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of brain tumours and help us to save lives in the future. Many of our Groups are set up in very difficult circumstances following a diagnosis of a brain tumour or loss of a loved one and we are truly grateful for their support.”
The Paul Cupis Fund was setup with the full support of Paul’s family.
Paul’s father, David Cupis said: “We want to thank Paul’s friends and work colleagues who have set up the Paul Cupis fund to raise money and awareness for the Brain Tumour Charity. We are still in shock of what happened to Paul and hope more understanding of brain tumours may help explain why fit, healthy people, like Paul, simply die. Paul loved Plymouth and took great pride in the area so we hope that the people of Plymouth will fully support these fund raising events.Paul took part in several fund raising events himself and was about to be a part of a three year research study to improve MRI techniques. Paul will be missed by everyone who knew him but I hope that our loss will help others in the future”.
Paul’s Story, along with those of other people who have been affected by Brain Tumours, can be read online at The Brain Tumour Charity’s web-site: www.thebraintumourcharity.org/paulcupis
If anyone wishes to make a donation to The Paul Cupis Fund, the JustGiving page is: www.JustGiving.com/Paul-Cupis-Fund