This month we’re 6! That’s not very old. But we definitely act our shoe size (11) not our age.
So where has youthful enthusiasm married with your unfaltering support got us in 6 years? A long way.
We’re now helping over 800 brain tumour patients and carers directly with our 24/7 phone and email support, with tens of thousands more visitors to the brain tumour hub and the support pages here at www.brainstrust.org.uk. We’ve a growing community, on and offline, who feel in control, and confident that they are working to the best outcome for their situation.
Now it’s easy for us to talk about the ideas and services we’ve got off the ground over the past few years, but what we should really talk about is what these services have achieved.
Phonelines, brain boxes, booklets, websites – they’re all just tools. Yes we’re chuffed about them, but the ‘product’ that we’re most proud of? Well that’d be that intangible feeling of being in control. The feeling that the relationship between clinician and patient is equal. The confidence that you are working towards the best outcome, and that you have accessed the best services and have been fully involved in every decision along the way. And who better to articulate this than the people that we’re really here for. Our patients and their carers. Here’s what just a handful of these people have said over the past couple of months:
And we couldn’t have done this without YOU!
Thank you so much for helping us achieve this. We’re still very much at the beginning of our journey with brainstrust, but we’ve got some momentum, some big ideas, some ambitious goals, and a range of useful services that we know work really well.
We believe that with your continued support and some more hard work from us, we can help every brain tumour patient and carer that’s out there to take control of their situation and be confident that they’re working towards the best outcome for their situation. People will always be scared when they’re diagnosed with a brain tumour, there’s no avoiding that. But what we want is for everyone to be confident, and in control so that they can focus on the important things.
Get involved this year
80p in every £1 that we raise at brainstrust goes directly towards helping brain tumour patients, with the remaining 20p on raising more funds – a virtuous circle where you know that everything you do will make a real difference for people that need it. So please, consider getting involved this year. There is still plenty of opportunity to support our work. Here are just some of the upcoming events:
Summer Serenade 2012 – It’s back! Now a staple in the brainstrust calendar, this fundraiser for our brain tumour patients and their carers is guaranteed to be a fantastic event whatever the weather, and over the years it has raised thousands for our work.
Virgin Active London Triathlon – Join team brainstrust at the 2012 London Triathlon! A great opportunity to swim, cycle and run for a great cause and at one of the most well organised events in the UK.
Run to the Beat – A popular half marathon around central London to live music. This is the second year that team brainstrust will be at Run to the Beat, powered by Nike + ‘officially’ – how can we not be with the promise of closed roads, great music and a fab half marathon route through central London!
Great South Run – Join team brainstrust and 30,000 ‘lesser’ runners on a fast, flat course through Southsea, Portsmouth and see Britain’s naval heritage, including HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. This a great race that team brainstrust has attend for the past 2 years. No wonder really as it is Europe’s leading 10 mile road race.
Volunteering opportunities – we know that not everyone has the inclination or ability to take part in sporting event to support our work. We also have tons of other ways for you to help without having to raise a penny. Click here to find out more about our volunteering opportunities.
If you have your own fundraising idea, then why not get in touch? Give us a tinkle on 01983 292405 or email email@example.com
Now We Are Six – A.A. Milne
When I was one I had just begun
When I was two I was nearly new
When I was three I was hardly me
When I was four I was not much more
When I was five I was just alive
But now I am six, I’m as clever as clever;
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.