We have so many amazing supporters who do a huge amount for the National Brain Appeal and every so often we like to really celebrate the amazing work of individual fundraisers. This week, we shine a light on Penny Boylan.

In 2009, Penny organised the first black tie Queen Square Dinner and Auction which raised over £102,000 towards the UK’s first Brain Tumour Unit at The National. The night was such a success that Penny organised the sequel this year and, at the end of May, the second Queen Square Dinner was held in the beautiful St Pancras hotel. Guests were welcomed with a champagne and canapé reception, followed by a silent auction during dinner and a Live auction conducted by Sotheby’s in the Hansom Hall. Alex, Marcelle and Tallulah from the NBA team were there to lend a helping hand and we watched in awe and amazement as bids flew in with the total sum nearing £175,000.

We can’t celebrate Penny’s incredible efforts without mentioning her husband, James with whom she completed the Reading Half Marathon in 2010. That same year, they also had a wedding list with a difference – asking guests for donations toward equipment for the new brain tumour unit at The National. Rather than the ubiquitous toaster guests bought drugs fridges and linen trolleys! And, as if  that wasn’t enough, Penny, with help from family and friends, has also organised a roller disco and a concert to raise funds for the hospital.

We are so happy that Penny is the first in our fundraiser profile series and we can’t wait to share more inspirational individuals and stories with you over the coming months.