We have many long term supporters who have repeatedly amazed us with their continued fundraising efforts.
Having raised £25,000 for us over the years, Sarah Singleton and her husband Neil are just one example of the absolutely overwhelming dedication that enables The National Hospital to continue to help the 12.5 million in the UK affected by a neurological condition.
Here, Sarah tells us where it all began, and what led to their most recent event.
“I wanted to repay the hospital for saving my life.
In 1990, after months of severe headaches and a number of visits to my GP, I was rushed to Whittington Hospital, North London. I had a CT scan and was transferred to The National Hospital, then in Maida Vale. The diagnosis was not good: a rare and malignant brain tumour called a gliosacoma, which kills most patients within 18 months. After the first operation to remove the tumour I had a brain haemorrhage, which needed another operation. My neurosurgeon, Mr Michael Powell was able to stop the bleeding and remove more of the tumour. After three weeks I was transferred to UCH for six weeks of radiotherapy, speech and physiotherapy. I had to use a wheelchair and continued with speech therapy for around three years.
We’re delighted to welcome our new Fundraising Co-ordinator, Louise Fowler. In between settling in to her new desk, she took the time to tell us a little bit about her background and what brought her to The National Brain Appeal. Read more
It was with interest that I read an article entitled “There shouldn’t be any charities in 10 years time” from Will Horwitz in the Voluntary Sector Network blog. Like all good writing, the provocative headline hooked me into reading. Read more
We sat down with Jess to talk about her role at The National Brain Appeal: she told us what her job entails, why the TNBA cause is so vital and we asked her to share something surprising about herself with us…
“I have worked at The National Brain Appeal since August 2012 when I started on a temporary contract to organise Christmas events. I was made a permanent member of staff in January 2013 and my role as Fundraising Co-ordinator is really varied: looking after the charity’s own events (such as gala dinners and race days), managing Christmas (cards, bazaar and concert) and running the annual Pyjama Party fundraising campaign. I also am very involved with volunteer recruitment and management.
We have some incredible individuals at The National: our medics are life-savers and every day our patients face the biggest fears with strength and determination.
Not content with these amazing feats of human spirit, every year medics and patients alike put their energy into organising events to raise thousands of pounds for us. From the corridors of The National, we’ve had marathon runners, trekkers, cyclists, and all manner of fundraisers coming up with individual and creative ideas to raise awareness of neurological conditions.
This year is no exception. Here are just two individuals who are making a difference, in their own way.