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About Us

The voice of the nerve tumours community

In 1981, Trish Green and Clare Pepperell were brought together by a BBC radio programme called “Does he take sugar”. Both had been trying to find other families affected by Neurofibromatosis (nerve tumours), and as a result they founded “Link: The Neurofibromatosis Association”, which first became a registered charity in 1982. Since then the charity has evolved to become Nerve Tumours UK, the leading voice for people living with nerve tumours and Neurofibromatosis in the United Kingdom. 

By providing crucial medical and non-medical support, in the form of information, regional patient days, online communities, a network of healthcare professionals, and a national nerve tumours helpline, we help those who are courageously living with Neurofibromatosis to live the best life they can. 

Our vision is to improve the lives of those affected by nerve tumours.

Nerve Tumours UK provides crucial support and empowerment for those affected by nerve tumours in the UK.

Nerve tumours are not limited to one group of people. Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or wealth – if not catered for appropriately, can cause intense grief and isolation.

Nerve tumours can be uncompromising, painful and punishing without the right support network. As long as the condition is around, we will strive to provide better and more targeted support. Our Nerve Tumours UK Helpline and support network is available to every region of the United Kingdom, and we endeavor to support those outside of the UK wherever possible.

We are staunch believers in equal rights and opportunities for all. We welcome input from all external organisations, teams and supporters. We provide specialist, age-appropriate support for children and teens as well as adults.

Nerve Tumours UK is the authoritative voice of nerve tumours in the UK. We achieve this by providing first class information, support and advice; facilitating and promoting innovative research, and being an advocate for those with nerve tumours.