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.
The National Brain Appeal Christmas carol concert has always been a favourite fixture in the festive calendar and this year was no exception.
For everyone who has a link to Queen Square – from current and former patients, students and charity fundraisers to trustees, consultants and staff from The National – it is a magical event. This year, we were delighted to be joined by actors Phyllida Law, Sophie Thompson and Demetri Goritsas who added more than a touch of celebrity sparkle. Read more
Last month, John Auckland, who is a writer and company director of a marketing agency, took a stand against neurological conditions by taking part in the Run to the Beat half marathon in support of our Pyjama Party week. John is a familiar face to us here at The National Brain Appeal as he helps us with our social media.
Like many people out there, John’s life has been touched by a neurological condition. On his Gran’s side of the family dementia is a very serious problem, and only recently she has had to go into care. John wanted to do something special for his Gran, so it made sense to him to connect his personal and professional lives for his latest challenge.
“There is perhaps more activity in our pretty shop on the corner of Guilford Street than people might be aware. We moved into Bloomsbury in the summer of 2010; up until then we had offered premiere music rehearsal facilities in Belsize Park to professional musicians.
My name is Michelle Noble. Three years ago my boyfriend Dan Edmonds was competing in his first kickboxing match when a blow to his head changed our lives forever. Dan was transferred to The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London where he was taken to the intensive care unit. Unfortunately Dan’s head injuries were too severe and he died two days later on the 27th October 2009.
Dan was always a very giving person, always wanting to help people. He fulfilled his dream of being a fire-fighter and even after his death continued helping others – saving seven people’s lives by donating his organs.