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This year we launched our Brain Tumour Tissue Campaign, which aims to increase the number of people consenting to donate their resected brain tumour tissue to research. You can read more about the campaign, and how you can start the conversation HERE.
An article on the topic, which brainstrust had significant involvement in, has been published in a selection of journals on Biobanking.
Helen Bulbeck, our Director of Services and Policy at brainstrust, and member of Independent Cancer Patients Voice, puts forth what needs to be done in the section ‘Brain Tumour Tissue Bank: The brainstrust Proposal’. You can read the full article HERE.
This is just another step forward for our campaign and ensuring that its importance is known in the academic/clinical field.
We’ll keep working hard until 80% of...
Read full storyCategory: Campaign News | Published: 16 October 2015
Kenny Renshaw, at just five years old, has already been raising some money for our support service.
Kenny was initially diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, but has since been rediagnosed with Encephalitis . To say thanks to brainstrust for supporting him and his family, Kenny decided to set himself a sponsorship challenge.
“As a family we received great support from Pete and brainstrust when we had Kenny's initial diagnosis of a brain tumour last November, which after surgery has been redignosed as Encephalitis. Kenny decided to learn to ride a bike without stabilisers then send donations to brainstrust. And the challenge was to do it before his sixth birthday”
- Caroline Renshaw, Kenny’s mum
Well, Kenny only went and completed his challenge in 3 days! What a star.
Thank you Kenny. We hope you've rewarded yourself with lots of fun bike rides!
If you, like little Kenny, would like to take on a challenge for brainstrust, so that we can support more people in the UK to feel less afraid, less alone and more in control in the face...
Read full storyCategory: Fundraising News | Published: 15 October 2015
Christopher Millward, a junior clinician who works closely with brain tumour patients in Liverpool, decided he wanted to do something huge for brain tumour support, having witnessed firsthand the difference it makes to the lives of his patients and their carers. He chose to compete in the Ironman Wales Triathlon, one of the toughest challenges in the world.
"When people say to me that the Ironman is impossible, that it is crazy, and ask why I would want to put myself through it, I think of things that really are tough. Having a brain tumour is tough, losing your personality or your ability to live your life like you used to is tough, trusting people to take care of you in surgery and bring you out the other side intact is tough, and losing a loved one to a brain tumour is tough. The pain of completing this race could never match that. In fact, it makes you grateful and humble. I thought about all those people that have been affected by brain tumours during the race, not only my patients, but friends and family too. It gave me the strength to push on and reach the finish line" - Christopher Millward
He went on to raise an incredible £700 for our support service. Thanks so much Christopher, for all you do for those living with a brain tumour.
Read full storyCategory: Charity News | Published: 9 October 2015
Well, Wear Grey 2015 was a roaring success.
Throughout the day we saw the world turn grey for brain tumours.
Grey was worn in homes, in schools and in workplaces. People got involved in the UK and overseas. And stories and reasons for wearing grey were shared and those no longer with us were remembered. It really was incredible.
Thanks so much to all of you who put on your grey and made a stand for brain tumours.
Together, we made the world notice.
Click HERE to see some of the pictures from the big day.
Wear Grey might be over for another year, but there’s still chance now for you to help us support more people living with and beyond a devastating brain tumour diagnosis. There are a few simple ways you can make a vital donation:
Read full storyCategory: Charity News | Published: 2 October 2015
Three of our amazing supporters Steve Gore, Innes Taylor and David Hamlett decided they wanted to do something HUGE for brain tumour support, as they all have friends who have been affected by a terrifying diagnosis.
The three chose to cycle the 'Way of the Roses' over the August bank holiday weekend- a route which travels from Morecambe through to York then over to meet the east coast in Bridlington and is approximately 170 miles long. Not satisfied with this though, they decided that they’d begin by cycling from Manchester to Morecambe, adding an additional 50 miles.
So, in total, Steve, Innes and David cycled a massive 220 miles, with 9000 feet of climbing, and went on to raise an incredible £1,200 for our support service.
Chaps, you're amazing.
Steve has shared with us his (very entertaining) account of the cycle ride:
Morecombe to Bridlington is a classic cycling route through some gorgeous countryside, and has been travelled by many cyclists over the years. Two fat fellers and a skinny experienced cyclist decided to...
Read full storyCategory: Charity News | Published: 18 September 2015
We’re very excited to announce the coming together of two brain cancer charities - brainstrust and Brain Tumour Research- in support of Wear Grey for a Day on October 1st.
Due to the success of the campaign over the last four years, Brain Tumour Research is keen to come on board and show its support by helping us promote and grow the event this year and in the future. We are delighted that its presence will enable us to widen our reach and highlight the real issues that brain tumour patients face every day.
Dr Helen Bulbeck, Director of Services and Policy at brainstrust says:
“This is great news! None of us is as smart as all of us. Setting our collaborative sights on raising awareness about the challenges that living with a brain tumour bring means we can do so much more for our community”
You too can help us turn the world grey for brain tumour awareness...
Read full storyCategory: Charity News | Published: 7 September 2015