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  • 'Toby Teapot's Daddy has a Poorly Lid' goes live

    Following a high grade glioma diagnosis, Paula and Richard Middleton struggled to find a resource that would help them to explain Richard’s diagnosis to their young daughter. And so Toby the Teapot was born, a wonderful and beautifully illustrated book that helps children understand a loved one’s diagnosis or, as the book calls it, their ‘poorly lid’.


    Toby now stars in his own little video, which shows how the book so sensitively explains brain tumour symptoms and diagnosis to a child through the quirky characters.

    You can purchase Toby Teapot's Daddy has a poorly lid here and a donation from each sale will go towards brain tumour support. 

    Every brain box that we sent out to a family will also have one popped in, along with our own 

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 13 March 2015
  • brainstrust's online support community reaches over 1000 members.

    Building a helpful and supportive community for brain cancer patients and carers has always been a priority of ours. By running a closed Facebook group, made up of members of this brain cancer community, we’ve enabled those who feel isolated and terrified to access instant support and understanding, from ourselves and from one another.

    We’ve seen our little group grow from strength to strength over the years, and now we’ve reached 1000 members. That’s 1000 incredible people who share their experiences, can relate to the problems and provide vital comfort and understanding to one another along this terrifying journey.


    Here’s what some of the members have to say about the group:

    “I found this page and am so glad I did. No one understands like you all do”- Patient


    “This site is the best .No one judges anyone . We are all in the same club or supporting someone in the club. I have good days and bad days but come what may we will all support each other .I have also realised there are people out here with the same problems. Which may sound silly but it makes me feel better, because I am not on my own” – Patient


    One member has even written an

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 13 March 2015
  • brainstrust chosen as favourite for the John Lewis ‘Community Matters’ scheme

    Community Matters is John Lewis’ charitable giving scheme that runs throughout shops in the UK. Every 3 months, local stores select three community groups to help, and between November 2014 and January of this year, the Sheffield branch chose brainstrust as one of their three. 

    Each shop has £3000 to donate in some way to the groups. Customers get to decide how this money is split between the three by using a token, which they get given at a transaction, to vote for the organisation they'd like to support.

    We’re pleased to announce that brainstrust received the largest number of votes and thus received an incredible donation of £1,269.23.

    Image: brainstrust's Pete Burchill with Debbie Bennett, Community Liaison Co-ordinator at John Lewis Sheffield.

    Pete Burchill, brainstrust’s Support Specialist and Volunteer Manager for the North, has underlined the importance of the donation:

    "These funds will be spent helping children and families in Sheffield and the...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 10 March 2015
  • TEAFEST 2015 Roundup

    Our celebration of the British cuppa for brain tumour support is over for another year and it really has been better than ever. Here are a few highlights from TEAFEST 2015-

    Tracy Williams’ Tea Tasting spectacular attracted 70 of her friends! We think Tracy might hold the record for biggest TEAFEST party yet. Tracy put on a proper festival of tea, decorating her house to the nines and the good news is that her buntin managed to survive the gale-force weekend winds. And, even better news, Tracy’s party raised over £700. Incredible.
    Thank you Tracy!

    It seems like the British cuppa has gone global this year, with Tracy offering tastings of teas from around the world alongside it, and Cordula Stach’s TEAFEST party receiving donations from her international friends. Cordula saw donations for her party flood in from the UK, Germany, Mexico and Chile, collectively raising over £700. It’s great to see that the English brew, and more importantly brainstrust, is getting international support. Cordula, you’re amazing.

    Mandy Smith held 2 TEAFEST events, one for her old teacher colleagues and their children, and another for family and neighbours. With 10 children arriving for the...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 4 March 2015
  • A 10K for TEAFEST

    A few years ago, brain tumour patient Suzanne Wag raised nearly £1000 for brain tumour support by celebrating the British cuppa, but this year she wanted to do something more challenging, for herself.

    She thus decided to swap tea for a 10K and chose to compete in the St David’s Day Run, in order to raise money for brainstrust.

    "braintrust have been fantastic in supporting me through the whole journey, even now as I await results from my latest MRI to see if the pesky thing is back"

    The 10k took place on Sunday, almost two years to the day since Suzanne underwent brain surgery for her tumour. The run was also her first since the surgery, and she came in at an impressive 59min 44secs.

    To ensure it was clear that she was running for brain tumour support, Suzanne’s mum knitted her a brain hat to wear on the day.

    Suzanne has already exceeded her fundraising target for the 10k on her JustGiving page. Any further donations, as a ‘well done’ to Suzanne, will help brainstrust build a support...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 3 March 2015
  • Mindful Drawing Workshop with Artist Michelle Charles

    Michelle Charles is running an inspiring drawing workshop for brainstrust on 9th March 2015, 11:00 – 2:00.


    We know how valuable it is to get together with others who truly understand. Come along and meet others in the brain tumour community.

    Who is this workshop for?

    • This workshop is for you, our brainstrust community. Whether you have lots of experience or have not drawn since in school, come along. No prior experience is necessary.

    What to expect of the session

    • Expect to have some fun. We will be doing some really simple exercises that are designed to enable relaxation and laughter.

    What to expect after the session

    • Expect to come away with a little surprise gift courtesy of us, and some newly acquired creative skills.

    What to bring

    • Simply bring a small meaningful object that fits in your hand.

    RSVP today

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 2 March 2015

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