Supporter stories

‘I was buzzing from Our Dementia Choir’

‘I was buzzing from Our Dementia Choir’

If you watched Our Dementia Choir on BBC One recently, you’ll know how powerfully the documentary showed the benefits of music for people living with dementia. One of the choir members, 67-year-old Chris Connell, (above, with arms raised) has a rarer form of the...

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‘The National saved my life three times’

‘The National saved my life three times’

I’ve had quite a rollercoaster over the last 10 years – I’ve been admitted to The National Hospital for three different neurological issues, but thankfully I've come through the other side – and would not be here if it wasn’t for the amazing doctors and nurses at...

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Under The Umbrella

Under The Umbrella

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...

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A warm welcome

A warm welcome

Thanks to your support, the charity is growing bigger each year, and we’re bringing in more funds for Queen Square. As a result, we’re excited to be able to expand our team in the form of Alexis, Abbie and Jane, who have all brought their valuable skills to the...

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The new Molly Lane Fox Unit opens

The new Molly Lane Fox Unit opens

The first-ever dedicated ward for brain tumour patients in the UK, The Molly Lane Fox Ward, has recently re-opened - and has now doubled in size, thanks to our fundraisers, who raised £670,0000 for the project. The original unit opened in 2011 with £1m funding from...

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My grandma is a living miracle

My grandma is a living miracle

It was a Saturday afternoon in mid-February when the house phone rang – and it would drastically change our lives forever… The call was from my sister Eftyhia, telling us that she found our grandmother (“Yiayia”, Greek for grandmother) collapsed on the living room...

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Volunteering was amazing

Volunteering was amazing

"What does a final year university student do during her summer break? Well, I decided to pack my bags, and move to the other side of the world for six weeks. As I approached the end of my degree in Nuclear Medicine back home in Australia, I wanted to take on a new...

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My walk for Will

My walk for Will

Lily Dannreuther, 9, decided to walk from Brighton to Eastbourne in memory of family friend Will, who died after battling a brain tumour. He was a National Hospital patient and took on a fundraising walk back in 2010 to help raise money to set up the Molly Lane Fox...

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Don’t think about it, DO it!

Don’t think about it, DO it!

Think you’re not up to taking on a challenge for the New Year? Think again! National Hospital patient Virginia Goldsack never thought she would be able to complete more than a 5k – until she was persuaded to do the impossible and run The London Marathon. “I loved 5ks...

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Exciting times ahead

Exciting times ahead

As we come to the end of a year full of surprising outcomes globally, it is a relief that more locally at The National Brain Appeal, things have been going to plan. Our supporters came up trumps in a different way by raising £4m, enabling work to start on our new...

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The future of stroke care

The future of stroke care

Our current appeal is to raise £1.5m to expand the stroke service at The National Hospital. Stroke is the fourth largest cause of death in the UK. The people who do survive may be brain damaged or disabled in some other way. Immediate and specialist care can make a...

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The patients are so grateful

The patients are so grateful

"I have a bittersweet relationship with my job because of the sadness I deal with on a daily basis, but knowing that I am making a difference in someone’s life during difficult times makes my job worthwhile. My name is Selam and I’m a clinical nurse specialist at The...

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Pyjama Party season kicks off!

Pyjama Party season kicks off!

Pyjama Party is now ON! We had some eager supporters who held their fundraising PJ spin cycle class before our two weeks of fundraising kicked off – and had a fantastic time in the process. Fran Mauri and Julie Stoner share a love of exercise, both being regulars at...

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People offer me their brain!

People offer me their brain!

Tina Somorin is The National Brain Appeal's administrative assistant and helps the office to run smoothly. "I've been here for just over a year now and am kept pretty busy! An average day involves me sorting all the post and recording the donations; answering the...

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“Nelson’s a natural with patients”

“Nelson’s a natural with patients”

Meet Nelson. He’s huge. And hairy. He’s also incredibly calm, affable and intuitive. He has the perfect disposition to work in The National Hospital. He's part of a new initiative by UCLH Trust to introduce animal assisted therapy − in the form of dogs − for the...

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Meet the hospital staff running the Marathon

Meet the hospital staff running the Marathon

The London Marathon is the biggest single fundraising event in our calendar – and this year we have an impressive 24 runners making up our fantastic #TeamBrainAppeal. With just a short time left until race day on Sunday 24 April, we caught up with two runners who both...

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“It was my dream to work here”

“It was my dream to work here”

It felt like a homecoming when I returned to The National Hospital last year, and began a shift as a newly-qualified nurse. I’d imagined this moment for a few years – and it all started when I was lying in a bed in the very same hospital recovering after brain surgery...

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Shining a spotlight on rare diseases

Shining a spotlight on rare diseases

Today is is Rare Disease Day and to mark it, we’re officially launching Rare Dementia Support – a fund that is the result of a merger of two existing funds – the FTD Support Group Fund and the Myrtle Ellis Fund. TheMyrtle Ellis fund has been around for nine years and...

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“A warm welcome to 2016”

“A warm welcome to 2016”

Another year whizzes to a close and as usual, it was an ‘event’ful’ one. More people than ever took part in challenges, donning pyjamas, Santa suits or running gear in the name of The National Brain Appeal, raising amazing amounts to fund future developments in...

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“Painting cheered my brain up”

“Painting cheered my brain up”

Carolyn Nicholls learned about The National Brain Appeal after being treated at The National Hospital for a cavernoma. She contributed to our art exhibition, A Letter In Mind, after turning to painting after her illness. “Still got all your marbles?” Mr Kitchen asked...

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“My tumour was in a dangerous position”

“My tumour was in a dangerous position”

Around eight years ago my mouth became very painful. I went to doctors and dentists and asked them to remove my teeth where the pain was. But nothing eased the pain and I was referred to several specialists who carried out scans on my face − one told me I had...

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“There are always challenges in life”

“There are always challenges in life”

It was 1977 − the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and street parties were being held everywhere. One day I was at primary school and the teacher set us an assignment with some questions on the board to complete. He said there would be a prize for the first person...

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“I turned my birthday into a Pyjama Party”

“I turned my birthday into a Pyjama Party”

I’m about to turn 33 and I wanted to celebrate my birthday in a different way.  Unlike when I was younger, I’m not that fussed about going clubbing anymore – I prefer doing something where I get to spend quality time with my friends. So I decided to combine my...

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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...

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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 a...

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“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...

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“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...

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‘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 the charity. This is...

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‘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....

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A glance back in time

A glance back in time

At the turn of the 20th century, the National Hospital had only been established for a couple of decades. In a series of upcoming blogs we’re going to be looking back at some of the earliest case notes and the doctors’ fascinating write-ups about these neurological...

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‘It’s terrifying how life can suddenly change’

‘It’s terrifying how life can suddenly change’

My story is about beating the odds, learning to walk again and raising over £10,000 for the charity which supports the National Hospital. I feel so incredibly lucky as it could have ended so differently. It all started in May 2007 when I suddenly had severe headaches...

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‘I meet so many brave patients’

‘I meet so many brave patients’

To kick off the new year, we are starting a brand new series of blogs. Each month you'll get to meet a patient, a member of hospital staff or a supporter of the charity. They'll be telling us their story and why they spend their time and energy supporting us. I’ve...

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Christopher Sporborg CBE 1939 – 2015

Christopher Sporborg CBE 1939 – 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce that our chairman, Christopher Sporborg CBE, passed away at his daughter's home on 2 January following a short illness. Christopher served as a trustee for The National Brain Appeal for more than 22 years and he was our...

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Exclusive! Sophie’s Pyjama Party menu

Exclusive! Sophie’s Pyjama Party menu

Are you gearing up for Pyjama Party week which kicks off this Saturday? We hope your onesies are at the ready! This year, the number of you signing up to take part has been overwhelming. We are so excited to see the imaginative fundraising ideas that you all come up...

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Rallying around The National

Rallying around The National

We have many long term supporters who have repeatedly amazed us with their continued fundraising efforts. Having raised £25,000 for us over the years, Sarah Singleton and her husband Neil are just one example of the absolutely overwhelming dedication that enables The...

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Team profile: Marcelle – head of fundraising

Team profile: Marcelle – head of fundraising

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...

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Small Acorns take seed

Small Acorns take seed

You may remember that May saw the launch of our Small Acorns Fund, a grant programme for small projects suggested by members of staff at The National. The results are in – and of the seventeen individuals who applied, we were delighted to award over £25,000 to six...

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Brain Appeal Marathon team in training

Brain Appeal Marathon team in training

This year, we have fundraisers taking part in runs which stretch from shorter 10ks to 26 mile distances. One key date in the diary is the Virgin London Marathon and with only two months to go we thought it a good time to welcome our marathons runners to Queen Square...

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Taming Terry

Taming Terry

After being diagnosed with a brain tumour, Laura King decided to raise funds for The National Brain Appeal by organising and taking part in not one, but three events. With an infectiously positive attitude, she tells us how she is taming Terry the Tumour. In April, I...

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Olympic dreams

Olympic dreams

Hello. My name is Simon Clark. I am epileptic and badly dyslexic (my sister is helping me write this) so sometimes feel quite isolated and I have to confess when The National Brain Appeal contacted me to offer me a pair of Olympics tickets that had kindly been donated...

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All in a day’s work

All in a day’s work

On 22 September, sixty brave employees from Carpmaels & Ransford will be taking part in the Virgin Active London Triathlon. Dividing into twenty teams of three, the triathletes will be running, swimming and cycling their way to a target of £10,000 for The National...

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Penny brings in the pounds

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...

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The Molly Lane Fox Unit opens

The Molly Lane Fox Unit opens

The Molly Lane Fox Unit opens at The National Hospital thanks to The National Brain Appeal. The NHS will take a major step in improving the care of patients with brain cancer with the opening of the UK's first dedicated brain tumour unit at The National Hospital for...

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Thanks – you saved my life says MP

Thanks – you saved my life says MP

An MP who underwent life-saving surgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) to remove a brain tumour returned to the hospital to pay tribute to staff. Guy Opperman handed over a cheque for £3,050 to The National Brain Appeal – raised during...

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Rockefeller Medical Library reopens

Rockefeller Medical Library reopens

The Rockefeller Medical Library reopened in June 2010 at 23 Queen Square, fully refurbished after a £1 million project: half of which was raised by The National Brain Appeal and half by the Brain Research Trust. The library was established in1935 and is one of the...

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