One in six people are affected by a neurological condition – this is a key strapline for our charity and a hard-hitting statistic.

Recently, this statistic was brought home to us when we shared our stories about friends and family affected by a neuro disorder. As part of Brain Awareness Week, we shared photos on social media to show that we were all #UndertheUmbrella – a European-wide campaign to raise awareness of the vast range of brain-related disorders, which all fall ‘under the umbrella’ of neurological conditions.

Nearly everyone in the team has a friend or family member who have been affected by a neuro condition. Many of them were treated at The National Hospital – another reason we collectively feel so dedicated to helping to raise funds for Queen Square. Here are our stories:

“My husband had great care at Queen Square for a brain tumour and it inspired me to go for this job.” Theresa, chief executive

“My boyfriend has had two mini strokes in the past year, which has been a real worry. He was treated at UCLH’s Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and we’ve seen specialists at Queen Square too.” Brooke, fundraising team

“My Dad passed away after battling a brain tumour. I’m delighted we’ve fundraised so actively for brain cancer care.” Leigh, finance manager

“My mum had a successful spinal op at The National Hospital. I’ll be forever grateful for the care she received.” Laura, fundraising team

“My mum had secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and was treated at The National Hospital for over 10 years. It was a devastating disease – I’d love to see a real treatment for this disease.” Cara, publications manager

“My nana was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease 12 years ago and in that time I have seen the devastating effects of the disease.” Alexis, fundraising team

“My mum has a condition called transverse myelitis, it causes movement issues and chronic pain. She’s been treated at The National Hospital for nearly 25 years now.” Eva, Rare Dementia Support fundraising team & ALIM curator

Share your story with us by sending us an email.