Volunteering: “I feel I’ve made a difference”

Volunteering: “I feel I’ve made a difference”

I’m Allie, a college student from Massachusetts, USA, and I was lucky enough to work as an intern at The National Brain Appeal recently. I was keen to intern for the charity because it supports one of the world’s leading centres for diagnosis, treatment and care for a...
Five minutes with neurosurgeon David Choi

Five minutes with neurosurgeon David Choi

We meet one of The National Hospital’s surgeons who specialises in spinal surgery to talk about his passion for fixing things, his exciting new research, and making a difference… Q How did you end up specialising in your current field? A I’ve always wanted to be...
“I am one of the lucky ones”

“I am one of the lucky ones”

I have a tremor – ‘essential tremor’ is actually its proper name. Having this tremor is inconvenient, to say the least. But I can’t picture how my life would be if my right arm hadn’t been repaired. Imagine you can’t get a fork to your mouth. If you try, whatever is...
“Mum’s illness has made us all closer”

“Mum’s illness has made us all closer”

My mum, Raena, was only in her early 60s when I began to notice little changes in her behaviour. She had a few scrapes in the car, started to misplace her keys and began to get confused when making plans. It was such a gradual deterioration, but after a while, me, my...
‘I’m humbled by all your support’

‘I’m humbled by all your support’

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Marathon time! We’re very lucky to have a fantastic team of 20 runners taking on this ultra-challenge and raising money for us. One of our runners is NHNN neurosurgeon, Neil Kitchen, who is a long-time supporter of...
‘FND challenges me every day’

‘FND challenges me every day’

You approach the hospital, welcomed by the warm red bricks and grand façade. Staff walk purposefully to and fro across the square, files in their hands, ID cards around their necks. Ambulances and taxis pull up alongside you, dropping off patients, helping them in....