The London Marathon is the biggest single fundraising event in our calendar – and this year we have an impressive 24 runners making up our fantastic #TeamBrainAppeal. With just a short time left until race day on Sunday 24 April, we caught up with two runners who both work for UCLH – and wanted to raise money for The National Brain Appeal − Katie Herron and Sean Hession.
It felt like a homecoming when I returned to The National Hospital last year, and began a shift as a newly-qualified nurse. I’d imagined this moment for a few years – and it all started when I was lying in a bed in the very same hospital recovering after brain surgery in 2010.
The National Brain Appeal raises funds to improve the treatment of people who have neurological and neuromuscular conditions including acquired brain injuries through stroke.
The fundraising has not only helped with investing in vital state-of-the-art hospital equipment but also financed major building programmes and much-needed ongoing medical research. All of this has saved lives and helped those suffering from brain damage to achieve a better quality of life.
Today is Rare Disease Day and to mark it, we’re officially launching Rare Dementia Support – a fund that is the result of a merger of two existing funds – the FTD Support Group Fund and the Myrtle Ellis Fund. The Myrtle Ellis fund has been around for nine years and here, one of the sisters behind setting it up, Susie Shaw – tells us how it all came about the creation of the new fund.
I started working for The National Brain Appeal as a fundraising coordinator at a busy time for the charity in November 2015, when Christmas was in full swing.