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“Don’t think about it, just DO it!”

Think you’re not up to taking on a challenge for the New Year? Think again! National Hospital patient Virginia Goldsack never thought she would be able to complete more than a 5k – until she was persuaded to do the impossible and run The London Marathon.

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Top Tips from Tallulah

Hi, I’m Tallulah, Fundraising Co-ordinator at The National Brain Appeal and I last wrote a blog about our challenge events. It’s hard to believe that over a year has gone by – but it’s that time again. We’ve got some brilliant events coming up and if there are no places left, we always need volunteer cheerleaders…

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The season to challenge yourself

Tallulah, who co-ordinates our Challenge events, is looking forward to welcoming our new teams and participants for 2014

It never ceases to amaze me the physical tests our supporters will put themselves through and I’d like to thank every single one of you again for your brilliant efforts.

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A Marathon effort

Last week was one of the biggest events in our calendar – the Virgin London Marathon – and what a day it was! Here are our highlights …

The day began at 5.30am when Tallulah, our Fundraising Co-ordinator, was at the bus stop on her way to the start line. She was joined by one competitor in his trainers and several revellers still enjoying their Saturday night out. We met at 6.45am on Embankment at the 25-mile mark so we could find the best spot where our banner would be most visible to our runners. Then it was time for a wake-up coffee and a bacon roll so we could be in top form for our runners… Read more

Run to the beat of a different drum

Last month, John Auckland, who is a writer and company director of a marketing agency, took a stand against neurological conditions by taking part in the Run to the Beat half marathon in support of our Pyjama Party week. John is a familiar face to us here at The National Brain Appeal as he helps us with our social media.

Like many people out there, John’s life has been touched by a neurological condition. On his Gran’s side of the family dementia is a very serious problem, and only recently she has had to go into care. John wanted to do something special for his Gran, so it made sense to him to connect his personal and professional lives for his latest challenge.

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A Noble effort

My name is Michelle Noble. Three years ago my boyfriend Dan Edmonds was competing in his first kickboxing match when a blow to his head changed our lives forever. Dan was transferred to The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London where he was taken to the intensive care unit. Unfortunately Dan’s head injuries were too severe and he died two days later on the 27th October 2009.

Dan was always a very giving person, always wanting to help people. He fulfilled his dream of being a fire-fighter and even after his death continued helping others – saving seven people’s lives by donating his organs.

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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

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

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