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News archive    2015   
  • Volunteering opportunity: join the team at the Lincoln 10K

    We’re currently looking to recruit volunteers to help at the annual Lincoln 10K- a race which we're an official charity partner for.

    As a volunteer you'd be providing a vital role on the day, stepping into any of these roles:

    • Route marshall
    • Helping out on the drinks station
    • Offering support in the buzzing Event Village

    Where possible, volunteers will be stationed close to our charity cheering point, so there's a good chance you'd get to see any friends or loved ones taking part in the run.   

    This is a great opportunity to get involved with and, although you might not be running, you’ll still be helping those affected by a brain tumour in your area. Plus, you'll get to experience the buzzing atmosphere the event is known for. 

    Sign up as a volunteer today 

    Volunteers would be needed from around 8.30am to 1.30pm.

    For more info, or to sign up email or call 07741 316277.

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 21 January 2016
  • Sheffield family raise over £3400 for brain tumour support at charity fun day

    Last month, The Brothers Arms in Sheffield opened it’s doors for a charity day to raise funds for our support serviceThe day was organised by Samantha and Simon Marper, who know all too well the devastating impact a brain tumour diagnosis has upon a family.

    Samantha was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009. Since then Samantha has undergone surgery twice, has seen her tumour stabilise, only to grow again and, on top of this, has battled numerous infections of the brain. Recently, she was given devastating news.

    “Just a few weeks ago I was given the news I thought I was ready to hear. We’d feared the results and I thought I'd be prepared to hear the worse but nobody could ever prepare themselves to be told that their tumour had changed from being slow growing to a malignant, aggressive brain tumour that wasn't curable. I'm now starting radiotherapy to slow down the growth” 

    Throughout their journey, Samantha and Simon have received support from...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 29 December 2015
  • Help us change the world for people living with a brain tumour. Become a brainstrust volunteer

    Our aim is to spread our support service as far and wide across the UK as possible. We want to be there for everyone who faces hearing the words ‘you have a brain tumour’, words that leave you in need of support from someone who not only understands that fear, but also knows how best to overcome it.


    Help us be a shining light in more people’s lives which have been devastated by a brain tumour diagnosis. Become a support volunteer.

    Volunteering could include- 

    Being a brainstrust buddy- If you’re a patient or carer, and have the experience of what it is like to live with a brain tumour, then this is a role where you could make a real...

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 18 December 2015
  • A very special raffle

    Who doesn’t love a raffle, especially when the prize is one of this quality and craftsmanship?

    The Widdington Quilters have been working tirelessly on this masterpiece. The small group of ladies have stitched together 2710 pieces of wonderful Liberty print fabric to create the most exquisite, eye catching and cosy king size quilt you'll find. 

    Every piece of fabric and every stitch and has been lovingly despatched to give the people that brainstrust is here to help a fighting chance in the face of a terrifying brain tumour diagnosis.

    It is the desire to help these people that has fuelled the creation of this amazing quilt. And now it is our job, and yours, to make sure that we can raise as much money as possible through the raffle of this quilt to help more people get the best possible outcome in their battle against brain cancer.

    Buy a raffle ticket...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 8 December 2015
  • Will Jones, Director of Development at brainstrust, wins Inspiring Communicator Award

    Our Director of Development, Will Jones was last night presented with an Inspiring Communicator Award at an awards evening hosted by CharityComms.

    Will works tirelessly to put the world right for people living with a brain tumour, so we’re thrilled that his commitment, drive and outstanding communication has been recognised.


    Helen Bulbeck, our Director of Policy and Services, states:

    “Will has to walk in so many pairs of shoes at brainstrust – some of them tricky to wear. But he always steps up to the mark. Whether it is helping a patient who has just been given a terminal diagnosis of a brain tumour on the phone, encouraging a volunteer to shave their head, enticing a company to support a brainstrust event, writing a job advert, developing strategy or addressing the board of trustees, Will knows exactly how to pitch his communication”

    A particular achievement that CharityComms noted was Will’s role in developing the

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 27 November 2015
  • A day of cocktails and music for brain tumour support.


    One of our lovely supporters, Sharon Springall decided to mark the end of summer a few months back by putting on a fundraising Music Festival to raise money for our support service.

    Sharon, from Essex, was diagnosed with a left cavernous sinus meningioma in 2010 following cerebral oedema and required six months off of work to recover.

    "The shock and horror of the diagnosis had a huge impact on me and my family, so I went into denial and threw myself into my work, only to suffer further on August 2012 when I collapsed at work and following a visit to A&E by ambulance, I was diagnosed with aseptic meningitis secondary to the meningioma. I was seriously ill for a further eight months and the effect that this had on me mentally and physically has been life changing. I had to concede and give up my job a year later following an unsuccessful phased return to work, as I was unable to cope mentally & physically. I have since then been diagnosed with chronic pain, chronic fatigue and now suffer from spondylosis potentially due to nerve damage caused by the inflammation of the...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 12 November 2015

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