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Olympic dreams

Hello. My name is Simon Clark. I am epileptic and badly dyslexic (my sister is helping me write this) so sometimes feel quite isolated and I have to confess when The National Brain Appeal contacted me to offer me a pair of Olympics tickets that had kindly been donated by one of their supporters I was quite apprehensive. However 8th September 2012 ended up being a day I will never forget. Read more

All in a day’s work

On 22 September, sixty brave employees from Carpmaels & Ransford will be taking part in the Virgin Active London Triathlon. Dividing into twenty teams of three, the triathletes will be running, swimming and cycling their way to a target of £10,000 for The National Brain Appeal. Richard Jackson, managing partner, tells us more about why so many members of staff are swapping their suits for lycra and taking up such a serious physical challenge. Read more

“Bye Mum, just off to work!”

I’m Rosie, a fifteen year old on work experience at The National Brain Appeal. This year at school has been really hectic due to countless amounts of GCSE exams and coursework. When I found out that I would be starting work experience I was really excited – it was a chance to get away from exams and do something really fun.

I’ve worked with The National Brain Party before, helping out at an event in Brunswick Square called “Fayre on the Square”, carrying around a massive pink unicorn and asking people to guess its name. It was a brilliant experience, everyone wanted to have a try to raise money for the fantastic appeal – even if they didn’t want to lug home the prize of a massive unicorn!

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Office to Olympics: just a normal day for Chief Exec

No matter how hard we try to prise them open, lips are tightly sealed at The National Brain Appeal office.

Theresa Dauncey, our Chief Executive, is keeping very secretive about her latest adventure: opening the Olympic ceremony!

Theresa is one of the 800 participants in the NHS section who will join 9,000 others in what promises to be an unforgettable spectacle. It has taken more than two hundred hours of rehearsals and long, fourteen hour days to practice their twelve minute piece that will form part of the three hour ceremony.

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Building with beads

The history of the Althaus family is inextricably linked with The National Hospital. Caroline Althaus, who sits on our board of trustees, delves deeper into the history of the family to discover an untold past.

Growing up, I always knew that our family was closely linked to The National Hospital: my great-great-uncle, Julius Althaus, was one of the founding members, my grandfather, Frederick Althaus, answered an advertisement in The Telegraph which had been inserted by the hospital to find if there were any Althauses who would like to lend their support. My grandfather joined the house committee of Maida Vale in 1966, my father Robin succeeded him in 1975 and has just retired at the end of 2011. We have always been close to the hospital, so when I had the opportunity to visit the Queen Square Library – newly renovated by joint funds from The National Brain Appeal and the Brain Research Trust  – I was delighted at the chance to learn more about the history of the hospital and our family.

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