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.
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.