Aunt Sal’s head shave
Sally has to be one of the loveliest people I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to over the phone, and we started talking when she contacted me with an idea for a fundraising event.
Sally’s idea was to host an evening at her niece’s pub, The Chequers, in Felsted, and to shave her head to raise awareness and support for brainstrust, and that’s exactly what she did.
On Saturday 25 September The Chequers welcomed a large group of patrons to witness Sally have her head shaved. The evening included a raffle and karaoke, and Sally and her generous supporters raised an amazing £830.
Sally had styled her hair into sections and invited her supporters to join in with the challenge and to cut off a section. Donations were received on the night and continued to be made after the event as The Chequers kindly offered to keep the brainstrust collection box on the bar.
Sally first got in touch with brainstrust following an incidental finding of a meningioma in February 2021. Having received her diagnosis over the phone and unable to get answers to the many questions she had, we were able to offer Sally the support she needed at that time by sending out one of our brain boxes, connecting her with other people going through a similar experience through our virtual meetups and Facebook group and having access to a Support Specialist.
Months down the line, and still unable to get her questions answered and with no clear way forward regarding the management of her meningioma, Sally reached out, and we were able to support her with getting a second opinion. Following on from the second opinion, Sally now had a clear plan regarding her meningioma diagnosis, and was given the space to be able to ask all the questions she had that had been building up since the day she received the news.
Speaking about the impact that getting in touch with brainstrust has had and being able to get a second opinion, Sally says:
“Following on from my diagnosis, I didn’t feel happy with the original decision that had been made by my neurosurgeon and felt like I still had many unanswered questions. After speaking to Jodie and the team at brainstrust, they were able to put me in touch with another neurosurgeon for a second opinion. I am so pleased I went through with this as it put my mind at rest completely. My journey with my meningioma (who I have named Bob), continues, but now with less worry. I wanted to do something that would enable me to give back to brainstrust and be able to help someone else that may be in the same position that I was. I can’t thank brainstrust enough for their continued support- I will be eternally grateful for their support in getting a second opinion.”
Thanks to Sally’s fantastic fundraising, the amount of money raised can help to fund three second opinions for people with a brain tumour diagnosis- triple the amount that Sally originally set out to raise.
Looking forward, Sally is now keen to join our growing list of volunteers who are passionate about our mission to make sure that people living with a brain tumour diagnosis are resourced, connected and informed about their care.
For more information about how we may be able to support you with a second opinion, you can call us on 01983 292 405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org