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.
“I’ve worked as part of The National Brain Appeal since 2006 and my role is to develop and manage our fundraising and communications programmes. On any given day this could include researching and securing funds from grant-making trusts, briefing our designers, promoting the organisation to the press, talking to our supporters, planning events, cheering on our runners or reporting to our trustees. In a small charity, you have a very hands-on role (which I love) and I particularly enjoy talking to and meeting our supporters – without whom we could achieve nothing.
My proudest achievement is to have been part of the fundraising team that created the UK’s first dedicated Brain Tumour Unit and the Molly Lane Fox Unit that opened in 2011. Amazing projects like these – as well as the Dementia Research Centre, the Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and the Advanced Neuroimaging Suite – have come to fruition thanks to the support of people like you reading this now.
Looking forward we’re now all focused on our next challenge: to raise £3 million towards the Operating Theatres Appeal. Currently, we’re £1 million down, £2 million to go… I’m especially excited about our 30th anniversary this year as it gives us the chance to thank our supporters all over again and show them what their incredible encouragement has helped to bring about over the years.
I think what makes me feel so strongly about our cause is the staggering statistic that one in six people in the UK are affected by a neurological disorder. You don’t have to look very far within your own family and friends to see how close we all are to someone living with these devastating conditions.
Like most charities, we’re sometimes limited by the size of our team and budgets – but never by our ambitions. Every day brings a new challenge but that is what makes working for TNBA amazing. There is never a dull moment!”
Secret facts: The team says “don’t challenge Marcelle at bowling, she trounced us before Christmas”. She’s also discovered a hitherto unknown aptitude for ping-pong and making balloon animals…