The result of the bidding on October 5th not only raised an amazing £400 for the Shrewsbury group, but has also brought together people who have themselves experienced the effects of brain tumour diagnosis. The winning bid was placed by Simon Kemp because, as well as being big fans of Frank Bruno, his wife Louise is also a brain tumour survivor herself.
Just two weeks after taking part in the Prudential London 100 bike ride - which she couldn't finish not due to fitness but the number of punctures picked up on the ride - she suddenly had symptoms at first thought to be a stroke.
"I was in a meeting with my boss, I suddenly had what felt like the worst pins and needles in my right hand, right side of my face and tongue. My hand decided to have a mind of its own as well. An ambulance was called as it looked like I was having a stroke at the age of 38.
"I was taken to Queens Hospital in Romford and had tests but they ruled out a stroke pretty quickly - they kept me to get more tests done the following day. Then my surgeon gave me the news that I had what they thought was a meningioma."
Louise had surgery to remove the tumour in September - "I remember coming round and checking that I could move my right side as I had been warned it was highly likely that I could be paralysed down that side. I breathed a sigh of relief everything was doing what I expected it to. Except my right hand which once again had a mind of its own."
She says that despite her hand still being left with some issues, and also having to battle a post-op infection in her scar, she feels very thankful that the tumour turned out to be grade 1 and so she didn't have to face any radiotherapy.
However Louise says "It was still a long road back to work but I am back working full time, starting to go to the gym and my last scan was clear so it has been all good so far. I am hoping to get back on my bike next summer."
Following the sale we also discovered that Halls' auctioneer Peter Booth also had a direct connection with our work.
He explained "It was an absolute pleasure to handle this sale having lost a very close friend of mine to a brain tumour three years ago and having seen first-hand all the support his family received by your organisation. The work you do in this area is truly inspirational."
It is lovely to be able to share Louise's own story of recovery, and we would like to give heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in this auction and who have supported our work as a result.