Solihull girl raises £1,000 for brain tumour charity

Nine year old makes contribution in memory of childhood friend.

Completing her very own biathlon, Millie Gallagher took part in the five mile Knowle Fun Run before swimming a mile at the local swimming pool to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity in Solihull. Millie competed the event in memory of her childhood friend, Joseph Foote.

Now the leading national brain tumour charity, and second largest of its type in the world, The Brain Tumour Charity merged with Brain Tumour UK in March 2013. A year earlier, Brain Tumour UK joined forces with The Joseph Foote Trust, a Solihull-based charity founded in memory of Joseph by his father, Andy.

Millie’s mother, Tracey Gallagher, said: “My husband and I have always tried to support The Joseph Foote Trust, and subsequently The Brain Tumour Charity, but Millie wanted to do something herself, in memory of her friend – we’re extremely proud of what she has accomplished.”

Andy Foote, now chair of The Brain Tumour Charity, added: “£1,000 is a fantastic amount of money to raise, especially for a nine year old. Our families have always been friends and Millie and Joseph often fed the ducks together when they were very young. It’s wonderful to see the effort that Millie has gone to in her friend’s memory.

“The money will go towards researching this devastating disease and those currently being affected by brain tumours in our region and across the UK.”

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s leading charity focusing on world-class brain tumour research, providing support and information and raising awareness. For more information about The Brain Tumour Charity, please visit or call 01252 749 990.