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A helping hand

When you think of the word ‘impact’ a fair few things spring to mind – but what about the word ‘mosquito’? Now I know what you’re thinking: what has a mosquito got to do with anything? But riddle me this for a moment – “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try being trapped in a room with a mosquito”

Hi there, my name is Natasha Iny (that’s me on the left of this photo), and I am currently doing my best at attempting to be The National Brain Appeal’s very own mosquito. I’m on a mission to make some kind of impact for this wonderful cause.

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International award for the Institute

Congratulations to Professor Ray Dolan, Head of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL Institute of Neurology, who has been awarded the highly prestigious Klaus Joachim Zülch Prize.

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On Your Marks, Get Set …

My name is Tallulah and I am a Fundraising Co-ordinator at The National Brain Appeal. My role encompasses all challenge and running events as well as supporting our individual fundraisers.

This year our running events kick off with the Brighton Half Marathon on 17 February, the Paris Marathon on 7 April and, of course, the Virgin London Marathon on 21 April. I have organised a ‘Runners Reception’ which takes place in early February – it is a chance for all our runners to meet their team mates, as well as getting advice from a personal trainer and fundraising ideas from us.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas’…

For the majority of us, Christmas is a time to be with our families, surrounded by the comforts of friends, good food and festive excitement – but for those patients at The National whose treatment requires them to stay at the hospital over Christmas, it can be particularly hard.

Staff at The National will be making sure that patients atQueen Squarehave as merry a Christmas as possible and this year, for the first time, The National Brain Appeal is delighted to have been able to make sure that each and every patient receives a small gift and a card on Christmas day.

There has been a flurry of Christmas activities – from bazaars, to carol concerts and card sales – and we’re grateful to you for all your support at these and all our events throughout the year.

No doubt 2013 will be just as busy so watch this space… In the meantime, have a peaceful and happy festive season and we send you all our good wishes for the year ahead.

Seasons greetings from us all

Last week, we had The National Brain Appeal Christmas lunch when we not only looked forward to the festive holidays, but reflected on the year gone by.

We kick-started our £2 million Operating Theatres Appeal so we can upgrade four existing theatres and build two new state-of-the-art theatres.  The first quarter of a million has been raised which is an excellent start. You are the people who are making this possibility become a reality so thank you for everything you have done.

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