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The big THREE-OH!

A very happy New Year to you from everyone in The National Brain Appeal team!

2014 marks our 30th birthday so we’re planning lots of activities to celebrate our joint achievements to date.

Over the past thirty years, amazing projects like the Dementia Research Centre, The Molly Lane Fox Unit, the Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and the Advanced Neuroimaging Suite have come to fruition thanks to the support of people like you. You’ve helped us provide better care for the thousands of patients who have come through the doors of The National by funding more than £40 million of innovative projects.

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Twelve days of The National Brain Appeal

With one day left until Christmas Day, we look back over our 12 Days of The National Brain Appeal Christmas, celebrating the brilliant achievements of our fundraisers and developments for The National throughout 2013. What a year!

On the 12th day of Christmas, our friends gave to us…

12 months of fantastic fundraising

11 brilliant volunteers

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Bountiful Bazaar

Just a quick note to say thank everyone who joined us at our Bazaar at the end of November – for their Christmas shopping, for a chat or as a volunteer.

We had some lovely donations from friends and local businesses and we hope you’ve now got your books, beauty products, jewels and treats wrapped up and under the tree. We’ve counted all the pennies and pounds and are delighted to announce they’ve added up to £2,000 – thank you so much again.

Charity advertising

Sitting on the tube on my journey to The National Brain Appeal office, my mind has been full of what we need to tie up before the end of the year, my daughters’ increasingly long Christmas lists and plans for the festivities. It’s easy to let thoughts wander and to gaze upwards to the line of adverts that run along the carriage.

This morning, there was a Shelter advert bearing the number 80,000 for the amount of children who will be homeless this Christmas. Next to it was another, showing a little girl who’ll freeze in the Syrian winter.

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Once again, a big thank you to Peregrine’s Pianos

For those of you attending our Carol Concert you might like to look out for a very special donation centre stage…

For a second year running, Peregrine’s Pianos have very kindly donated one of their pianos for our Carol Concert on the 12th December.

Situated on the corner of Guilford Street, Peregrine’s Pianos are very close to The National Hospital and have a connection to community events and charities in the local area, having supported both ourselves and the Bloomsbury Festival in recent years. In October, Peregrine’s Pianos also hosted the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014 knock-out rounds in their studio space.

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This year, Peregrine’s Pianos have given one of the latest model Schimmel upright pianos which will accompany the choir.

We’re so grateful to Dawn Elizabeth Howells and all her team at Peregrine’s Pianos and can’t wait to hear the piano in all its glory.

For tickets to the carol concert, order online today.

 

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