On the 14th and 15th April 51 people took on the Follow the Seagulls walks for brain tumour support. They walked 50 miles over 2 days in North Yorkshire, Fife and on the Isle of Wight, and raised over £42,000. This money goes directly to help people living with a brain tumour diagnosis.
This has been the biggest Follow the Seagulls weekend yet, with a new route in Scotland, a record number of walkers, a record number of finishers and record breaking fundraising. Even if people didn’t complete the full 50 miles, they are helping a small charity to achieve something incredible for an important group of people.
Helen Bulbeck, brainstrust’s Director of Services says, ‘In the first 2 weeks of April alone we have coached 71 new people who have been diagnosed with a brain tumour, or their caregivers. The weekend before the walk we sent out 36 brain boxes to newly diagnosed patients. These are huge numbers for our small team, and we can only do this because of the incredible support that we had over the weekend’.
Why we walk
Taking on Follow the Seagulls helps people like Claire. Claire called brainstrust’s helpline at 1am. She had just been diagnosed with a brain tumour, and due to an admin error, she was diagnosed by letter. She had no information about what this news meant. She was afraid, confused and alone. We answered the call. We coached Claire over the weeks that followed. Claire now understands what her diagnosis means, she knows who her ‘team’ is, and she has a plan. This plan doesn’t just include treatment, it also has ‘holiday’ and ‘back to work’ in there. Claire is feeling less alone, and more confident about the steps she needs to take. These steps are not just about ‘getting through treatment’, but are about living the life Claire wants.
Many of the weekend’s walkers had their own personal stories for taking on this incredible challenge. You can read these stories here: https://www.braintumour50.com/impact
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