About us

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The National Brain Appeal (formerly known as The National Hospital Development Foundation) is the charity dedicated to raising vital funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. Since the charity began in 1984 we have raised over £40m for state-of-the-art equipment, major building programmes and life-saving research.

You can read our 30th Anniversary review here.

You can find out more about this incredible hospital by clicking here.

We are grateful to all our supporters who help us to raise money in a variety of ways from gifts-in-kind, to individual donations, legacies and support from grant-making trusts.

You can view our latest Report and Accounts here.


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The National Brain Appeal raises money in a number of ways:

  • Through donations from grant-making trusts, individuals and companies
  • Through legacies and ‘In Memoriam’ donations
  • Through fundraising by our supporters
  • Through challenge events which our supporters take on
  • Through sales of merchandise, such as cards and notelets
  • Through ticket sales to our events
  • Through CSR programmes, such as Charity of the Year

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The National Brain Appeal is a small team of six. Our office is a few steps from The National Hospital.

Theresa Dauncey
Chief Executive

Marcelle Johnson
Head of Fundraising

Jess Broad
Fundraising Co-ordinator

Louise Fowler
Fundraising Co-ordinator

Cara Lavocah
Staff Writer

Leigh Stanger
Charity Finance Manager and PA to Chief Executive



The Trustees determine the direction and policy of The National Brain Appeal in response to requests from The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. The members are elected by Council (which comprises the directors of the company) to serve a period of three years. Ad hoc committees, which include the trustees, are formed to run periodic special events. The trustees, who meet at least four times a year, have delegated the day-to-day administration of the charity to the Chief Executive, Theresa Dauncey.

Chairman: Christopher Sporborg CBE

Caroline Church, Edward Datnow FRCS, Joanna David, Professor John Duncan, Professor David Fish, Professor Clare Fowler CBE, Elizabeth Kornat, Herchel Maclear-Jordan, Mark Musgrave, Michael Smith, Professor Alan Thompson.


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Email address

Postal address
The National Brain Appeal
Box 123
Queen Square
T: 020 3448 4724
F: 020 3448 3698

Office location
The National Brain Appeal
3rd Floor
Ormond House
26/27 Boswell Street

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