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  • Scunthorpe couple raise incredible total for brain tumour support

    Chris Bassenger is a member of the brainstrust Meet Up group in Hull. Chris came to brainstrust for help and advice after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. We offered a second opinion, and Chris wanted to raise money to give something back to the brain tumour community.

    With his wife, Laura, and family and friends, Chris held a fundraising event in North Lincolnshire, raising £1,646.27!

    brainstrust helped me with a second opinion. From this, I was referred to an epilepsy specialist, and brainstrust continued to support me. I felt someone was listening and focused on making improvements to my quality of life. It’s the fact that there is someone there to listen, and someone to speak to, that’s why I come to the meet up group. It’s something to look forward to. It helps."

    “I wanted to give something back so organised a fundraising event. The money raised will pay for a brain box for 30 people with a brain tumour diagnosis. It makes me feel good that I could help someone else.”

    If you are inspired by Chris’ story, and you...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 3 November 2017
  • From runner to event organiser - Ashley's story

    As a keen runner, Ashley Hawkins has taken part in more than 20 half marathons, raising thousands of pounds for various charities.


    In December 2013, when his dad died of a brain tumour, Ashley wanted to raise money for brainstrust, in memory of his dad and to help people in the UK who were affected by a brain tumour.

    There was just one problem. After a serious knee injury and double knee surgery, surgeons told Ashley he wouldn’t be able to run long distances anymore.

    Not to be deterred, he decided that instead of running a half marathon, he would organise one instead. He set up an events company, Fit4thechallenge, in January 2014 and the Bassingbourn brainstrust half marathon was born, followed soon after by the Bass Belle 10 miler.

    “I could no longer run in the races and raise sponsorship,” says Ashley. “So, the next best thing was to create races with a charitable element.”
    Ashley currently has two races in his event portfolio, the Basingbourn half takes place on the first Sunday in July, and the Bass Belle takes place on the last Sunday in November.

    The events are always...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 21 June 2017
  • Sport, surgery and beach rugby - Barty's story

    Sport has always played an important part in Barty Hills’ life. After recovering from brain tumour surgery, Barty is now using his passion for rugby to help others living with a brain tumour diagnosis. This is his story.



    Barty Hills was 20 and just about to start university when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.


    “I was told the classic ‘we have some good news and some bad news'," he says. “They said I had a brain tumour but it’s on the outside of your brain. This meant little at the time. I was just glad I had my family by my side. With them there, I felt I could take on anything.”

    The strange thing for Barty was that the diagnosis came as a relief. “I hadn’t been feeling well for over six months and the scariest part is not knowing what it is or how to fix it to get better. Although it was a big shock, I was now aware of what the problem was and ready to take steps to get through it.”


    With the...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 15 June 2017
  • A wedding reception with a difference

    In October of last year Leon Rushworth was diagnosed with a grade four brain tumour. He found brainstrust online when he was waiting for surgery. To help, we sent the brain box, our toolkit for people with a new brain tumour diagnosis and their carers. “I read the books to help me through everything,” says Leon. “It was very useful.”


    After the surgery, Leon struggled with fatigue, which is a real problem for people living with a brain tumour. He married his fiancé, Sara, as planned in February this year, but his fatigue meant their wedding reception had to be put on hold.


    “I had been quite tired with the treatment and original operation. I was having a conversation with Sara and my friend Jason, and Jason came up with the idea of holding an evening reception at a later date as I was too tired at the time of our wedding.


    “I thought it would be a great opportunity to hold a charity night instead, so I could give something back to those who have supported me and Sara since my brain tumour diagnosis. We knew that our friend and neighbour Becky is good at organising these things, so she joined in. And hey presto, Leon’s Charity Night was...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 13 June 2017
  • A fantastic day of sport at the Summer Social 2017

    Thanks to everyone who came along, whether to watch or take part. The money raised will help support people living with a terrifying brain tumour diagnosis, helping them to feel less afraid and alone, and more in control.


    A huge thank you to Barty Hill and his friends for organising the event. Barty was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2007 and despite the challenges he faces from his tumour, treatments and surgery, Barty has become one of brainstrust’s greatest supporters, and is determined to raise awareness and money to help others on their brain tumour journey.

    This is his story.

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 7 June 2017
  • 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

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