Staff at Southern Electric are helping to improve the outlook of our brain tumour patients and their carers, thanks to a recent fundraising campaign which raised over £625.
A team from Southern Electric’s customer service centre in Penner Road, Havant, were so impressed when they heard how brainstrust had supported a close friend, that they were determined to find a way of giving something back.
Hollie Pearce, who co-ordinated the fundraising, explained: “A very close friend of mine passed away last year, after battling with a brain tumour. She received huge support from brainstrust which enabled some of her treatment to happen, and made life a lot easier for her.
“Southern Electric gives us the opportunity of taking one day away from the office to do community work for causes which are close to our hearts, so I used my community day to go round to local businesses and ask whether they could donate prizes for a raffle. Companies were very generous, and among my prizes were signed team photos from Arsenal FC, and vouchers from local supermarkets. We even had a free flying lesson at Goodwood, including a personal donation from Peter Taylor, a pilot who funded half the cost of the lesson from his own money.
“Six of my colleagues then joined me for a big fund-raising day when we sold raffle tickets, held a bingo competition in our atrium at work, and had a cake sale. We raised £626.70, which is fantastic, and I’m so pleased that the Brainstrust was able to visit us in Penner Road to receive the cheque.”
Helen Bulbeck from brainstrust said: “And we’re equally grateful! We’re lucky to know people like Hollie. Donations such as these are invaluable: this one would be enough to provide around 20 of our ‘brain boxes’ which are boxes we give to patients, full of very helpful and practical aids, such as information and advice, a patient folder, and even a box of tea, so they can have a brew while they’re looking through their box.
“Alternatively, this money is also enough to provide three potentially life saving second opinion consultations with leading neuro surgeons. These have been used by a lot of patients, and in a number of cases it has given better outcomes for people.”