Volunteering to help people with a brain tumour
Teenager Charlotte approached brainstrust earlier this year to find out if she could volunteer with us as part of completing her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Following a Zoom call with Support Specialist, Jodie, and Fundraising Manager, Julia, they identified a number of different activities Charlotte could get involved which were with both creative, and would explore Charlotte’s enjoyment of writing.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is open to 14-24 year-olds, it has three levels (bronze, silver and gold) and at bronze level participants are required to complete four different types of pursuit; volunteering, physical activity, developing skills, and an unaccompanied expedition.
Charlotte’s first task was to get creative with our ‘little brain boxes’. These boxes are our tailored support toolkit for families with a child or teenager that has a brain tumour, and brainstrust provide these boxes for free. But whilst they contain lots of useful resources and care items, the boxes themselves are a little plain. With Charlotte’s artistic flair we now have a stack of brilliantly colourful little brain boxes to send out.
The creativity did not stop there as Charlotte and a small team of knitters got to work to create a herd of cute and cuddly elephants. You’ll find our knitted elephants included in our little brain boxes and also available to buy online in the brainstrust shop, with 100% of proceeds being used to support the brain tumour community.
“It has been fantastic to have Charlotte on board as a volunteer for brainstrust, and it is clear she has a passion for helping others and supporting our charity. Our little brain boxes have lots of important information included in them but are often sent to people at the most challenging time of their lives. By being able to open something that has been so lovingly and thoughtfully decorated, it adds a real personal touch to the little brain boxes and I’m sure the designs that Charlotte has come up with will really brighten someone’s day.”
Follow the Seagulls support
Charlotte has also been contributing to our communications with our Follow the Seagulls walkers in Whitby and the Isle of Wight. Follow the Seagulls is our two-day, 50mile charity trek which takes place in Whitby, North Yorkshire, on the Isle of Wight, in Fife, and in Dartmouth, Devon. This year Follow the Seagulls has taken place in September, and it will return in April 2022. With her family’s knowledge of Whitby and some keen research skills, Charlotte has provided top facts about the North Yorkshire coast and the Isle of Wight, including a suggestion for a pre-hike warm up walk and importantly, where to go for dinner afterwards.
Fundraising Manager, Julia said:
‘It’s been lovely to bring our Follow the Seagulls locations to life with Charlotte’s top facts, I’ve lived in Yorkshire for most of my life, and I have learnt something new from Charlotte’s research!’