Award winning human rights lawyer and anti-racism campaigner Aamer Anwar has become the first ever Patron of Funding Neuro.
Anwar was inspired to support Funding Neuro by the deep impact his children have had on his life and perspective.
Father of three, Anwar is excited by Funding Neuro’s ground-breaking work supporting a revolutionary new treatment for childhood cancer DIPG. DIPG is an inoperable brainstem cancer which no child has yet survived.
He said “Funding Neuro are passionate about making a difference to the lives of people suffering from these fatal and debilitating diseases. They are challenging the usual processes that take so long to get treatments from the lab and into patients. Their work with DIPG, a condition that has seen no advances in over 40 years, has meant that children that were given a death sentence now have hope and a chance of life”
One of Scotland’s most-respected human rights lawyer, he led a historic 18 year campaign seeking justice for the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar and has acted in many high-profile cases, including representing the family of Sheku Bayoh, who died in police custody. This will be Aamer’s first patron role for a charity.
Sharon Kane, chief executive of Funding Neuro said “We are absolutely delighted that Aamer has chosen to support us. Aamer is an amazing person, if believes in something he doesn’t give up, even when he is told that the challenges are too tough and the opposition too great. This is absolutely our ethos and I know that with Aamer’s determination and support we will be able to overcome the challenges we face, accelerate the cures that are so desperately needed and deliver new treatments.”
Used to a challenging fight, Anwar looks forward to working with Funding Neuro on this inspiring project and many more in the future.