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.
Bill Waite, a patient at The National, set up Parkinson’s Play Golf in 2012. He lost his best friend and golfing partner to Motor Neurone Disease, and just four months later he found himself being treated for a neurological condition.
After he was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Bill realised just how comparatively little the condition was talked about, and he decided to do something to help change this. Parkinson’s Play Golf turned his passion into an awareness campaign which he hopes will inspire others, showing that a neurological condition need not hold one back. This summer, he will be golfing his way through eighteen states in America, raising awareness of Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions. 18 States Of Golf is Bill’s second expedition to the golf courses of America. He begins on the 28th April, travelling through Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Medford, from East Coast to the West, raising funds for The National Brain Appeal as he goes.
Bill has a fundraising target of £5,000, and he could really use your help in reaching it. You can find out more and sponsor him here.
Rob Dervish, Senior Operating Department Practitioner at The National organised a brilliant charity gig night at the end of March. It began with some blues, rock and soul from the Queensburys and Stella Sta, and headline act The Rhythm and Blues Brothers had us all shakin’ our tail feathers towards midnight. The night raised an incredible £2000 (and counting!) through tickets sales and a raffle.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all three bands for getting us up on our feet, the Richard Mully bar at UCL for the venue space and, of course, to Rob for all of his hard work. He and Shakira Nahaboo have also helped to jumpstart our Operating Theatres Appeal with a previous gig at the Lexington. They have created a real buzz around The National Brain Appeal through a love of live music, and we hope there will be many more Brain Appeal gigs in years to come.
It all starts with an idea, and the desire to do something to help the one in six who face the challenge of their condition every single day. It’s amazing to see the hard work and determination that goes into making these events and challenges a success. If you are organising an event, or know someone who is, we are on hand to help in whatever way we can. Check out the How You Can Help page on our website, and contact us via email, phone, Twitter or Facebook to discuss your fundraising idea.