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Looking back… and moving forward

Our anniversary was a time to reflect, but also a time to plan for what is ahead…

Our 30th Anniversary was over a month ago (no, we can hardly believe it either). The celebrations involved a lot of reflection, of toasting of what we’ve achieved, the amazing feats of our fundraisers, and nostalgia from The National. There is so much for us to be proud of.

Yet, the anniversary was also a time to look to the future. We can’t be fully sure what challenges The National will face over the next 30 years, but we do know we have to plan to stay one step ahead to continue to tackle neurological conditions. The National Brain Appeal 30th Anniversary lecture was held in June this year, and it brought to light some startling statistics and patterns. For example, in the past five years alone, there has been a 79% increase in clinical activity at The National. By the end of this year, there will be an estimated 9,000 or more neurological operations taking place. This is why the project has expanded since initial plans to include building two new theatres, a nine-bed post-operative ward, as well as upgrading the four existing theatres. To reflect this, we now have a new target of £4m for our ongoing Operating Theatres Appeal, and it’s our goal to raise as much as we can for this campaign and other areas of development in Queen Square, in whatever way we can.

We have lots to look forward to for the rest of this year, on the road to making these fundraising goals a reality. We have just welcomed over 1,000 people through the doors of the gallery@oxo to our Letter in Mind exhibition. A whole host of talented illustrators and designers turned a simple white envelope into something truly unique and wonderful. We’ve had well-known and upcoming artists submit their work, and the event was a great success with so many pieces sold. But it’s not too late to bag yourself a masterpiece for just £80! Some are still available online, so click here and get spending. All proceeds go to The National Hospital.

At the same time, preparations are underway for the biggest fundraising event in our calendar, the Pyjama Party. We’re inviting everyone to a week of fun in their pyjamas. No matter how big or small your event is, or even if you just want to share photos of yourself going to work in your PJs or on your night in on 24 October – our designated Pyjama Day – you can help us raise awareness and encourage others to give and take part.

Then (whisper it!) Christmas will soon be upon us. It’s another busy time in our calendar, as we plan our annual Carol evening, which this year is being held on 11 December. We’ll shortly be announcing our celebrity readers and we expect tickets to go fast! Watch out for details on our website, on Facebook and on Twitter by following @BrainAppeal.

Whatever the future holds, we hope you will be able to help us continue our work for the one in six people with a neurological condition.

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