Schoolgirl Mimi Kaufmann is creating flags of the world out of Rubik’s cubes to raise money to find a cure for brain tumour in memory of her late uncle.

The 14-year-old from Finchley can solve a Rubik’s cube in 26 seconds!

She is now part-way through a 12-month challenge to create 198 flags of the world using mini Rubik’s cubes in aid of Brain Tumour Research charity. 

“I really liked making things out of Rubik’s cubes,” Mimi said. “I was memorising all the flags of the world and decided to make that my project to honour my uncle David.”

Mimi’s target is £2,740, enough to pay for a day’s research by the charity, and hopes to reach it in time for the tenth anniversary of her uncle's death this coming October.

David Goldschmidt, an accountant from Hendon, was diagnosed with a glioblast in 2012 after problems with his balance and spatial awareness. He died in 2013 at 51 despite surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Mimi’s mum Aviva, 52, said: “What happened to my brother was traumatic. He left a wife and three young sons including a baby.”

Mimi, a pupil at Haberdashers in Elstree, was taught Rubik’s cube by her 19-year-old brother Joel, with its 43 quintillion combinations.

“I use a mosaic generator to convert flag pictures to pixels, then use cubes to recreate them,” she explains. “The first flag I made was the Union Jack the day the Queen died. My last one was Ireland and I’m just finishing Israel.”

But she had to miss Estonia “because the colours of Rubik’s cube don’t have black”.

Mimi takes a photo and video of each flag before undoing her artwork to form another flag.

Brain Tumour Research charity’s Charlie Allsebrook said: “These tumours can affect anyone at any time and kill more men under 70 than prostate cancer, more children and adults under 40 than any other.

“Yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has gone on this devastating disease since 2002. We’re determined to change this.”

The charity is campaigning for a national allocation of £35million a year to speed up new treatments and ultimately find a cure. It wants survival rates in line with other cancers which are improving such as breast cancer and leukaemia.

Wellwishers can help Mimi’s fundraising on the “Just Giving” website: