The mornings are getting lighter, and the Summer’s plants are stretching their little green arms out of the ground. March means that Spring is close. It also means that National Brain Tumour Awareness Month is upon us.
This is a time of hope. At brainstrust we celebrate in March. We try not to dwell on the grim facts and stats that confront us and brain cancer patients.
Instead, in March we like to show how we act on these figures and statements. We share with you what we’re up to, and launch exciting new ideas that are carefully designed to help people with a brain tumour. You can see this year’s ideas on this very page.
In short, we work slightly differently: We present our patients and supporters with opportunities, not unhappy statements. Be it new support initiatives to use, or projects to fundraise for; every March we offer you something to get behind.
We hope that you’ll see March like we do. We know that brain tumours are still an unsolved problem, but we’re working hard to sort them. And we are making steps forward. Help us celebrate this progress. Spread the word about our work. And spend a little time understanding the difficult journey that people with a brain tumour diagnosis have to face.
So please, start March 2011 here. Read about what we’re up to, click on some links, and take part in National Brain Tumour Awareness Month by taking 5 minutes to understand and share with your friends and family the progress that we’re making; the progess that you’re helping us make.
Helen, and all at brainstrust x
NEW brainstrust brain tumour support tools in 2011
This year we’ve all been working very hard, and have not one, but THREE exciting new support initiatives to launch over the coming month.
Firstly we’ve shared with you already, the revolutionary concept of the ‘the brainstrust‘: Borne of our ethos that none of us is as smart as all of us, ‘the brainstrust’ is a team of committed volunteers who will guide our efforts to help people with a brain tumour, making sure that the funds that you work so hard to raise are used as effectively as possible to help brainstrust’s patients and carers.
In short, more than ever before, we are going to make sure brain tumour patient and carer experience sits at the very centre of what we do.
‘the brainstrust‘ left to right, Andrew McEvoy – Consultant Neurosurgeon and brainstrust Patron, Adrian Heppenstall – brainstrust patient, David – Adrian’s carer, Lady Jane Pickard – carer and fundraiser for brainstrust and the George Pickard Fellowship, Willie Stewart – Consultant Neuropathologist, Meg Jones – brainstrust trustee and icon, Hannah Richardson – carer, Will Jones brainstrust development manager, Helen Bulbeck – brainstrust Director and Jacqui Cowen – brainstrust fundraiser.
The Brain Tumour Hub
Next up, we’ve put live the Brain Tumour Hub. This is a VERY exciting and much needed online support tool which puts previously fragmented brain tumour support information in one, easy to navigate place.
Already we’ve had some fantastic feedback from brain tumour charities, healthcare professionals, and of course, brainstrust patients and carers, and the brain tumour hub is growing every day!
Exciting new brain tumour support project for children
Later this month we’ll be announcing our third exciting support initiative that we’re launching to celebrate Brain Tumour Awareness Month.
All we can say for now is it contains MONSTERS and ELEPHANTS, it has the full endorsement of a FANTASTIC celebrity, and it has been made especially for the children and parents that we’re supporting in their battle against brain tumours and brain cancer…
… SO WATCH THIS SPACE!
Take part in Brain Tumour Awareness Month 2011
Whilst all of 3 of these exciting initiatives will be up and running for the middle of March, we’ll be launching the projects ‘officially’ at events in Wales and London that are free to attend and are open to EVERYONE.
The Wales event is on the 22nd March in Swansea, from 7pm. RSVP to this free event by calling us on 01983 292405, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love it if you could join us.
The London event takes place on the 29th March at the Dartmouth Castle in Hammersmith. You can RSVP to this event by clicking here, or by calling 01983 292405, and again, we’d love to see you.
Also on the 29th March, will be a mass lobby in London – please give us a call on 01983 292405 if you’d like more information on this.