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  • 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
  • The attitude towards brain tumours needs to change.

    Cancer Research UK has recently published their latest statistics on ‘lifetime risk of being diagnosed with cancer’. Their statistics for brain cancer includes “only malignant brain, other central nervous system (CNS) and intracranial tumours”.

    Does this infer that benign tumours aren’t as isolating, terrifying or as much as a risk as any other type of cancer? Because they are and the day we start to recognise this can’t come soon enough.

    For more information on where we stand in regards to benign brain tumours, read our response to ‘Do benign brain tumours exist?’, a recent question asked on the Jeremy Vine show.

    What do you think? Share you views on the brainstrust pinboard over on

    brainstrust is here 24/7 to help everyone diagnosed with any type...

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 26 February 2015
  • brainstrust launches The Brain Tumour Tissue Campaign today.


    Save lives - be a brain tumour tissue donor

    Brain tumour tissue is removed everyday by surgeons but very few people know they can donate brain tumour tissue to research. A new campaign launched today [Tuesday 24 February] at the University of Bristol led by leading medical researchers and charity, brainstrust seeks to raise awareness for patients and healthcare professionals about donating brain tumour tissue and helping researchers find a cure for this disease. 



    Just one third of surgical patients offered opportunity to consent

    A recent national survey by North Bristol NHS Trust, BRAIN UK and brainstrust indicated that only 30 per cent of brain tumour patients are offered the opportunity to consent for their brain tumour tissue to be used in research. Yet a recent poll by brainstrust suggested that over 90 per cent of patients...

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    Category: Campaign News | Published: 24 February 2015

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