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!
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.
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.
We have so many amazing supporters who do a huge amount for the National Brain Appeal and every so often we like to really celebrate the amazing work of individual fundraisers. This week, we shine a light on Penny Boylan.
In 2009, Penny organised the first black tie Queen Square Dinner and Auction which raised over £102,000 towards the UK’s first Brain Tumour Unit at The National. The night was such a success that Penny organised the sequel this year and, at the end of May, the second Queen Square Dinner was held in the beautiful St Pancras hotel. Guests were welcomed with a champagne and canapé reception, followed by a silent auction during dinner and a Live auction conducted by Sotheby’s in the Hansom Hall. Alex, Marcelle and Tallulah from the NBA team were there to lend a helping hand and we watched in awe and amazement as bids flew in with the total sum nearing £175,000.
There is always a flutter of excitement in the National Brain Appeal office when we receive news that Nicky Buckingham is back at The National, not just because of her close connection with the charity but because she also brings with her an array of cakes, biscuits and other delicious treats.
Last week, she set up stall at The National Hospital and unsurprisingly we had some very willing volunteers from the TNBA office who went down to say hello and to sample her latest taste creations. There was everything from Jubilee Fairy Cake and Royal Caramel Shortbread (said to be Prince William’s favourite sweet treat) to King Cupcakes and Victoria Sponge which went down very well with our four o’clock cup of tea time! Read more