After seven years as Fundraising Manager, Alex Adie (pictured in the centre with TNBA supporters Alison Brindle and Nicki Saini) has left The National Brain Appeal to join the Dulwich Picture Gallery as Development Manager Trusts and Foundations. Though we were incredibly sad to see her go, we are delighted that she is moving into such an exciting and creative new role.
Like a lot of people, Alex has had personal experience when it comes to being touched by neurology. Her little brother, Rob, was only nine years old when he was diagnosed at The National with a degenerative neurological condition. It seems fitting that some years later, after having her own child she came to work at The National Brain Appeal. Alex hasn’t looked back since she joined TNBA seven years ago on a short term contract, going from that to writing copy and working on events. This was where Alex wanted to be, as she said herself, “When the opportunity came I applied for the post of Fundraising Manager and the time flew.”
Alex loved being part of the charity over these past seven years, where it has grown and blossomed under the management of Theresa Dauncey, through the re-branding and scale of activities to the Pyjama Party campaign. It has been a really exciting time for Alex, and it has been great to see the dedication of the team pay off.
Alex admits she has been lucky enough to work on all of the major appeals, with 33 Queen Square, Molly’s Fund and the Brain Tumour Unit all being particularly close to her heart. She feels a massive sense of privilege to have watched these projects grow, from a meeting with Trustees, to raising the funds and then seeing the impact on the staff and patients. Alex also confesses that her favourite fundraising events were the Christmas Concert and Bazaar, held at Queen Square. The concert not only showcased the extraordinary talent of staff at The National, but it also bought everyone together and gave all a sense of true Christmas happiness.
But it wasn’t been all about the job for Alex. When asked what was her favourite aspect of working at The National Brain Appeal she replied without hesitation, “The lovely, kind, talented and friendly people I have met – the fundraisers, patients, staff and Trustees who all made my job such a pleasure”.
Happily, we haven’t seen the last of Alex as she is still going to volunteer whenever she can, especially around Christmas. All of us at The National Brain Appeal look forward to seeing her again soon.
We have another new addition, Jess Broad who joined the team as Fundraising Co-ordinator and will work on the Pyjama Party campaign as well as organising our winter and Christmas events. Before joining The National Brain Appeal, Jess was at the Alzheimer’s Society and we are so happy to welcome her to the team.