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.
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.
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.
On 18 October, a team with a very personal connection to The National Hospital raised £3585 by cycling 320 miles without leaving their offices. How did they do it? Read on…
We were inspired to do something for The National Brain Appeal, as we were so touched by the story of our company founder Mr John Caulfield. He was a patient of The National Hospital and for many years battled with a degenerative brain disease. His daughter Regina, now Managing Director of the company, made us all aware of The National Hospital and how they are paramount in the field of research into neurological disorders, which now affect one in six people in the UK. We were all so moved that we made contact with the fundraising team and it was then that we realised just how totally committed and passionate about fundraising Jess and the team at The National Brain Appeal are. We all wanted to do something, even on a small scale, to raise as much money as we could.
Bump’s Brain is the story of a baby boy who has overcome huge challenges. Here, his mum tells us about their fundraising sleepwalk in Liverpool in aid of our recent Pyjama Party. You can read more about their journey here.
In February 2013, at our baby’s 20-week scan, we discovered he had a large, midline arachnoid cyst, agenesis of the corpus callosum and missing septum pellucidum. We were in a bit of shock and as the doctors couldn’t really give us a lot of information, I took it upon myself to scour the web looking for all I could find. This was pretty unsuccessful so I decided to start a blog to try and reach out to people who may be going through the same as us. I wrote to a few places for help, but to no avail.
Dr Rebecca Nesbit from the Society for Biology explains how their twenty-four hour lecturethon and sleepover coincided perfectly with The National Brain Appeal Pyjama Party.
I never thought that pyjamas would raise the profile of entomologyand epilepsy – but here goes.
On the evening of 13th October, the Society for Biology celebratedc Biology Week in an unusual way: an international twenty-four hour ‘lecturethon’ and an office pyjama party.
Professor Adam Hart from the University of Gloucester was going to speak for a whole twenty-four hours, hence the pyjama party my colleagues and I decided to hold in solidarity. Adam and I had worked together on a house spider survey and flying ant survey, and he wanted to go even further to share our love of ‘creepy crawlies’. Part of my role at the Society of Biology is to organise Biology Week, a celebration of all aspects of the life sciences, and this seemed like an appropriate time to do it so plans were underway well before I had heard of The National Brain Appeal. Read more