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Penny brings in the pounds

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.

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The icing on the cake

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

Relocation, relocation, relocation…

Apologies if you have had any difficulty in getting in touch with us recently; we have had a busy few weeks with lots of changes and a move to a new office.

We are still in the same building but for those of you who have been to visit us before, you will be delighted to know that we have moved down a floor (one less flight  of stairs to climb if the notoriously unreliable lift is having an ‘off’ day)! Read more

London Marathon 2012

A Sunday morning in April and down at Greenwich, over 37,000 runners stretched their calves, tied their laces for one last time and looked ahead to 26 miles of physical lows and emotional highs. Amongst them, thirteen had chosen to run for The National Brain Appeal, having pledged to raise over £25,000.

We joined their friends and family at the Embankment twenty-five mile mark to cheer our team along every step of the way. In a week that was interspersed with bright sunshine, strong spring rain showers (and even the odd hailstone) we knew that our runners would need even more support than ever to keep their heads up as they came into the last mile. Read more

Odyssey of Love

We have been spending the last few months planning and preparing for our Odyssey of Love evening and now the event is almost upon us.

In a night of drama, passion and love, pianist Lucy Parham will reunite with actors Joanna David and Martin Jarvis and bring to life the music and words of the composer Franz Liszt.

Drawing together strands of Liszt’s life through sound and word, Lucy has created a programme that paints a portrait of the composer in a scrapbook of his music and writing. As a figure, Liszt is preceded by a scandalous reputation of multiple mistresses and it is said that he drove women wild with hysteria when they caught a glimpse of him. Indeed, when we spoke to Lucy she described Liszt as “the Tom Jones of the nineteenth-century” and recounted stories where women fought over his discarded cigar butts and treasured his locks of hair. Read more

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