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  • Well done to our Manchester runners

    Well done to our team brainstrust runners in this year’s Great Manchester Run. You were all amazing.

    We had a last-minute addition to the team when Claire Bushell, our support specialist for children and families, decided to run. Moved by the attacks in Manchester, Claire wanted to support the Manchester community, while raising money to help people living with a brain tumour.

    This is Claire’s story.



    Last Thursday, on a bit of a whim, I decided to take part in the Great Manchester Run for brainstrust. As a proud Mancunion for 7 years now, I've been really affected by the attack in Manchester - so when our Northern Fundraiser Michael challenged me to take up a place in the 10k - I didn't take much persuading.

    The chance to join my city in a huge event and show the world that the awful events have only brought us closer was really one I couldn't ignore. It was also a fantastic opportunity to raise a bit of cash for brainstrust. So now there was only one problem - I've never run 10k. In fact, I've barely run 5k before! And I only had 3 days to go.


    As the support specialist for children and...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 31 May 2017
  • Brain tumour information you can trust


    After being diagnosed with a brain tumour many people turn to the internet to find out more about their diagnosis and treatment options. But with so much information out there, how do you know it’s information that you can trust?


    NHS England developed the Information Standard quality mark to improve the quality of health and care information available to the public, patients and health and care professionals.


    The Information Standard means you can quickly identify reliable sources of quality information. You can be confident in your research, knowing that the organisation has gone through rigorous assessment to make sure the information is accurate, reliable and trustworthy.


    brainstrust was one of the first charities to adopt the Information Standard when it launched a few years ago, and has just been certified for another year.


    When you read brainstrust information, whether it’s on our website, leaflets or information sheets, you know that it has been recognised as quality information, helping you to understand the choices available to you and your...

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 12 May 2017
  • Public Health England (PHE) Cancer Data and Outcomes Conference 2017

    Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th June - Manchester 

    The PHE Cancer Data and Outcomes Conference 2017 brings together patients, carers, clinicians, commissioners, academics and charities to showcase the latest developments and opportunities for using data to drive improvements in services, treatment and patient experience both nationally and locally. This year’s conference will cover the breadth of the patient pathway and explore the use of data at all stages including prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and end of life. 


    The conference will take place on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th June in Manchester. Patient bursaries are available for people affected by cancer and carers. The bursaries will cover the conference registration fee, travel to and from the conference and overnight accommodation for Tuesday 13th if needed.


    To register your interest please send an email to You will be asked to complete a bursary application form. All applications will be considered after the closing date of 24th March and those that have been awarded a bursary will be notified by mid-April.

    For more information visit

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    Category: Research News | Published: 15 March 2017
  • Taking on the marathon distance

    Amy Edgar is running the London Marathon in April to raise money to help the thousands of people in the UK who are living with a terrifying brain tumour diagnosis.

    Here Amy writes about her training and reasons for taking on the 26.2 mile challenge.


    Whilst I’m writing this, it’s a Friday evening. I’m sitting on the sofa, ice pack nursing my leg after my 16 mile run this morning, cup of tea, and a (huge) bar of chocolate! Marathon training is a battle, but not half the battle people go through when fighting a brain tumour. That is why I’m running 26 miles this April to raise as much as I can for brainstrust so they can continue the amazing support they provide for those who are living with or affected by a brain tumour. 





    My dad had a brain tumour many years ago, luckily he fought it and is very well. He got in touch with brainstrust years later so he could share his story with others. I ran my first 10k for brainstrust in 2015, since then I have occasionally been fundraising and attending meet up groups.

    I’ve been a keen runner for about 4 years but before training for the marathon the...

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 9 March 2017
  • Find the right support near you

    We know how hard it is to find great support when you've been diagnosed with a brain tumour. It's the reason we founded brainstrust 10 years ago, and why we wanted to provide 24/7 personal support and signpost you to other help that's available, wherever you may live.


    We launched our Little White Book directories to help you find your way on your brain tumour journey. Each Little White Book is produced regionally and signposts you to the support available in each area.


    We’re now launching Little White Books in Greater Manchester, Tees Valley, and one in the North West, focusing on children's brain tumour services. Each book has easy to navigate information on UK brain tumour resources.


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    Category: Charity News | Published: 27 February 2017
  • Teafest 2017 is here

    'When I have a cup of tea I feel supported. I feel very cared for by brainstrust.'


    Brain tumour support is built on tea. We know.



    Having a cup of tea and a chat can help people with a brain tumour to think things through before making decisions about their care or treatment, helping them to feel more in control.


    This week, join us for Teafest17 and help the 60,000 people living in the UK with a brain tumour to feel less alone and afraid, and more in control.


    Get involved

    • Why not hold your own Teafest at home, school or work?


    • Ask your local cafe or coffee shop to get involved.


    • Shop for Teafest - buy tea towels, tea mats, mugs, wristbands and more for your Teafest event.


    • Swap your morning cuppa for a text donation.


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    Category: Charity News | Published: 21 February 2017

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