More and more people are living longer, but this also means that the number of people with dementia is increasing.
It is estimated that there are around 850,000 people suffering with dementia in the UK. This statistic roughly equates to around one in three people over the age of 65. Furthermore, it is estimated that by 2021, around 1 million people in the UK will have dementia and this figure will significantly increase to 2 million by 2051.
This blog post provides an overview of dementia as a disease, how to reduce your risk of developing it as you get older and, if you are affected, how to live with it.
It is estimated that 1 in every 500 people in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s disease.
For those affected by this neurological condition, it becomes incredibly important to try and find an effective way to control (and, to the extent possible, reduce) the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and the huge impact it has upon their daily lives.
It is with great sadness that we announce that our chairman, Christopher Sporborg CBE, passed away at his daughter’s home on 2 January following a short illness. Read more
Our volunteers come from far and wide, and from all walks of life. They never fail to make the office a brighter place to be, and we strive to give them valuable hands on experience in return. Kristen came all the way from Georgia, USA to give us a helping hand. She was with us for six weeks, and has very kindly shared what she learnt from her time here. Read more
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.
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…
Over the coming months, we’ll be sitting down with members of the team to ask them about their role at the charity. Put faces to names and learn a little more about life at The National Brain Appeal. First up is Marcelle Johnson, Head of Fundraising and Communications. Read more
A very happy New Year to you from everyone in The National Brain Appeal team!
2014 marks our 30th birthday so we’re planning lots of activities to celebrate our joint achievements to date.
Over the past thirty years, amazing projects like the Dementia Research Centre, The Molly Lane Fox Unit, the Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and the Advanced Neuroimaging Suite have come to fruition thanks to the support of people like you. You’ve helped us provide better care for the thousands of patients who have come through the doors of The National by funding more than £40 million of innovative projects.
With one day left until Christmas Day, we look back over our 12 Days of The National Brain Appeal Christmas, celebrating the brilliant achievements of our fundraisers and developments for The National throughout 2013. What a year!
On the 12th day of Christmas, our friends gave to us…
12 months of fantastic fundraising
11 brilliant volunteers
Sitting on the tube on my journey to The National Brain Appeal office, my mind has been full of what we need to tie up before the end of the year, my daughters’ increasingly long Christmas lists and plans for the festivities. It’s easy to let thoughts wander and to gaze upwards to the line of adverts that run along the carriage.
This morning, there was a Shelter advert bearing the number 80,000 for the amount of children who will be homeless this Christmas. Next to it was another, showing a little girl who’ll freeze in the Syrian winter.
It’s a theme that we have covered before – volunteers, interns, paid and unpaid – but it’s one I think is worth revisiting especially as we look for more helping hands in the run-up to Christmas.
I am very aware of the discussions around unpaid internships, added to by the fact we are based just around the corner from Unite union. It’s hugely important to me that we keep an eye on how internships benefit the individual (not the organisation) but I feel that there is potential for the anti-unpaid-internships argument to impact on the way we view volunteering itself.
Jess, one of our Fundraising Co-ordinators, always has her diary open six months in advance. Here’s why…
My work calendar always seems to be a little bit at odds with the weather outside: I seem to be thinking about Christmas in June and in the hottest summer we’ve had in years, I was researching different kinds of pyjamas. When it comes to wintertime, everyone else is getting festive and I’m planning summer fundraising events.
On the reception desk of our office we have two leaflet displays – one is filled with handbooks on legacies and the other is for The National newsletter featuring among other things all our fundraisers’ latest activities. This feels like a very simple yet succinct way of depicting our supporters – the Givers and the Do-ers – both of which we value in equal amounts.
We’re often profiling the Do-ers: those that climb mountains, run marathons, hold quizzes and parties, and do all manner of brilliant things. Sometimes it’s good to remember the other side of our charitable givers, those that have left money to us in their wills, a sum which can make up half our income each year.
“Hello, I’m Charice and I’m a recent high school graduate all the way from Canada! With only a couple days left in London, now seems like a great time to reflect on my summer internship here in London.
In my third week here in London, I was preparing for my interview with The National Brain Appeal and I remember noticing how well my values reflect those of the charity. I’ve always been interested in charitable work back home and I also want to train to become a geriatrician. The National Brain Appeal raises funds for patients who are affected by neurological conditions and maybe one day I’ll be working with seniors who have the very same conditions. Read more
… or bridging the gap?
Last month we joined in with celebrating Small Charities Week and as I write, small really is beautiful. I find it hugely encouraging that there are so many programmes and resources to help small charities.
The criteria for these programmes are often are aimed at charities which turn over less than £1.5 million. It got me thinking about what happens when, like us, your turnover can straddle either side of that mark. One year we may be under, one year we may be over. Is The National Brain Appeal small, or are we medium? What happens when sometimes you qualify and other times don’t? Read more
We always like to profile our amazing volunteers and this month, we’ve asked Charlotte to step forward. One of her key responsibilities has been to help us prepare for the Magic of the Mind dinner in June – thank you for all your hard work, Charlotte!
Hello, my name is Charlotte and I have just completed my second year of a BA Linguistics degree at University College London.
During my first year, I signed up to the UCL Volunteering Society and I would receive weekly emails alerting me to volunteering opportunities. It was one of these messages that notified me of the existence of The National Brain Appeal – immediately I knew that it was a charity that I wanted to work with so I got in touch with Tallulah and Jess.
Elizabeth Kornat became a Trustee of the charity in 2010. Though she describes herself as new to this role “learning as I go along”, she has been instrumental in helping to support our Small Acorns Fund . We wanted to learn more about Elizabeth’s role and why TNBA is so important to her… Read more
… to fundraise?
My morning walk from Russell Square tube station can be a minefield and it’s not just where I get off the train – it’s all over the country: people on the street in front of stations, on high streets outside shops. They wear branded t-shirts and clutch clipboards. It’s something you notice often, especially when you work in the third sector.
Two recent articles focused my attention to this trend of asking to people to become charitable donors in the middle of the street.
There’s always something different going on in TNBA office – but one thing you can be sure of is that every Wednesday, we have a visit from our volunteer, Naomi.
After two and a half years of suffering a mystery illness, Naomi was finally referred to The National where she was diagnosed as having autoimmune disease and received treatment. Seeing her Mum come back to life, Naomi’s daughter Tasha volunteered with us and when she went travelling, Naomi came to take her place. So every week she comes and helps out in the office; today she was filling envelopes with our latest newsletter to send out and is also helping to organise donations of art for an auction. Read more
These days, it feels as if there are so many worthwhile causes to support. Everyone has a specific story to tell and, in this economic climate when people have less disposable income, it can be hard to make your voice heard. Theresa Dauncey, our chief executive, talks about how small charities can stand out in a crowded marketplace.
The admin team are hard at work processing all donations before the close of the tax year in just a few days time. Leigh and Alex are closing off all transactions and making sure that everything is complete with donations, grants and fundraising amounts.
When you think of the word ‘impact’ a fair few things spring to mind – but what about the word ‘mosquito’? Now I know what you’re thinking: what has a mosquito got to do with anything? But riddle me this for a moment – “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try being trapped in a room with a mosquito”
Hi there, my name is Natasha Iny (that’s me on the left of this photo), and I am currently doing my best at attempting to be The National Brain Appeal’s very own mosquito. I’m on a mission to make some kind of impact for this wonderful cause.
Last week, we had The National Brain Appeal Christmas lunch when we not only looked forward to the festive holidays, but reflected on the year gone by.
We kick-started our £2 million Operating Theatres Appeal so we can upgrade four existing theatres and build two new state-of-the-art theatres. The first quarter of a million has been raised which is an excellent start. You are the people who are making this possibility become a reality so thank you for everything you have done.
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.
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