Leading supportive brain tumour charity, brainstrust, has established an office in Leeds to help patients and caregivers across the North of England.
The new Leeds office, at Joseph’s Well in the heart of the city centre, will be led by the charity’s recently-appointed chief executive, Will Jones. Will has been with brainstrust for seven years and was previously the charity’s director of development.
He said of the new Leeds office: “This is an exciting milestone as we evolve to bring regional focus to our proven and impactful national service. brainstrust’s coaching-led cancer support is highly personalised and available round-the-clock. This approach really sets us apart.
“In the last financial year, we helped more people with a brain tumour than ever before, which is extremely rewarding for our team, and our supporters. With the opening of our Leeds office, we can continue our ambitious expansion plans, to help even more people with brain tumours to live a better life.”
The charity has appointed four new employees at the new Leeds office.
Michael White has been appointed as community fundraiser and volunteer manager after working in fundraising for Epilepsy Action for seven years. At brainstrust he will inspire supporters in the North to support individual and community fundraising initiatives, from bake sales, to marathons.
Claire Bushell and Aisha Butt have been appointed as support specialists. Claire is responsible for the charity’s paediatric service, Little brainstrust, which is funded by Children with Cancer and aims to improve the lives of children living with a brain tumour. Aisha will be focusing on building a strong and supportive community for adults.
Liz Champion has taken the role of content and communications officer, after previously working for Epilepsy Action, Crisis UK and Wakefield District Sight Aid.
“I’m delighted to welcome the team to our Leeds office, as we start an exciting new chapter in our development. They each bring great insight and knowledge that I know will be valuable to us and the people we help,” Will added.
brainstrust is a national charity with regional hubs in Scotland and the South Coast. The charity raised almost £750,000 in its last financial year to fund its work in providing support services to people with a brain tumour and their caregivers. It has also seen a 60 per cent rise in income in the past two years.