There are over 60,000 people in the UK living with a brain tumour. 30 more get diagnosed every day. From the most lethal brain tumour, a glioblastoma, to the long-term complications that come with a meningioma, every diagnosis changes someone’s life, and the lives of their loved ones.

Choose Grey. Change Lives.

Every year on 1st October, we wear grey – the internationally recognised colour for brain tumours – to give visibility to this invisible illness. People from across the UK come together to wear grey and show their support for people like Georgia*, who are living with a brain tumour.

“Each day I put on my brave face. I bury my fears, try to continue as ‘normal’. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an employee. I am surrounded by many, yet I feel so alone. I am lost” Georgia

This year, it’s never been easier to get involved. No matter who or where you are, you can take part in Wear Grey 2021 in three easy steps.

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When you make a donation, or buy any of our Wear Grey merch, we’ll keep you up to date with the campaign. You can change your preferences at any point by clicking here.

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Living with a brain tumour in lockdown – why we wear grey

This year has been unlike any other, but brain tumours didn’t stop for Coronavirus, and neither did we.

30 people are still being diagnosed with a brain tumour every day. In a world that has been more isolating than ever, people have been alone when they find out they have this devastating illness. People have been unable to visit loved ones in hospital. Necessary shielding has prevented precious time from being spent with family and friends. People with a brain tumour have suffered two-fold, and that’s why it is more important than ever that specialised, dedicated support is available for them and their loved ones.

We’ve been working round-the-clock to keep our support going. We’re there for people when things are scariest, and we’ll be here every step of the way on their journey. Making sure they can have their best possible day, whatever that looks like for them. Through our coaching, workshops and resources, we are tackling isolation and building communities for people with a brain tumour.

“Thank you to all who run the webinars, I gain so much. From learning and understanding, to having a welcome break from reality and being able to be part of a community where we can relate to each others’ experiences”

So when you choose grey, and donate to brainstrust, you really are changing lives.

If you have any questions, get in touch with our fundraising team!

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Go the extra mile for people with a brain tumour.

Set up your own JustGiving fundraising page or Facebook fundraiser. Raise £150, and we’ll send you an additional piece of Wear Grey merch for free*!

*Subject to availability. While stocks last.

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Shop Grey!

We have tons of Wear Grey merch to choose from in our online shop. From t-shirts to bracelets, and wristbands to pin badges – there’s something for everyone!

Don’t forget that you can buy and sell any of our merchandise, which helps to spread the word. We’ve just launched a range of items perfect for daily wear, meaning you can show your support and raise awareness all year round.

Why Grey?

When you wear grey with us, you’ll be joining a community of incredible people who have raised over £120,000 over the last seven years. We wear grey thanks to Shaun Skinner, who approached brainstrust in 2012 to help him bring an idea to life. ‘Go Grey for a day’ existed in the US, but Shaun had recognized a strong desire in the UK community to raise awareness of brain tumours, ‘the forgotten cancer’, this side of the Atlantic. It made sense to join the two events up, and with the US event in October, so Wear Grey was born.

Sadly Shaun died from his brain tumour in January 2017, but along with his passion for helping others, Wear Grey is part of his incredible legacy, and for many of us an important occasion to remember loved ones.

Grey is the internationally recognised colour that represents brain cancer, and when we wear grey we stand in solidarity with everyone affected by this devastating diagnosis.