When Tina asked me to be a patron of Hammer Out, now Brain Tumour Support, I was flattered and honoured. I’ve been a journalist for longer than I care to remember, and reported on the work of many charities, but this is one that has really touched my heart.
It was born out of the love that Tina Mitchell has for her husband Paul, who died of a brain tumour. She’s taken all that grief and anger, and used it to create something great. She draws on her own experiences to bring hope and peace – and fun – to people with brain tumours and their families. And she has love for every individual she works with.
Some cancers are ‘popular’, as my fellow patron Mr. Sandeman said – and brain tumours aren’t. So the work that Brain Tumour Support is doing to raise the profile of this killer is vital.
A good friend of mine has a brain tumour, and I know how important Brain Tumour Support is. You can’t help but be enthused by the whole team. I am thrilled to be a part of it.
I am delighted and honoured to be a patron of Brain Tumour Support and had no hesitation whatsoever in accepting the invitation to join the charity. Having nursed my ex-husband, Tony Anholt, through his brain tumour for the last eighteen months of his life, I know how important this charity is. The work you do raising funds and awareness is becoming increasingly vital.
The help and support offered to sufferers and their carers provide a superb relief from the desperate anguish and isolation that diagnosis brings. I wish such a charity had existed years ago and, understanding the great need for it, I am proud to serve Brain Tumour Support in any way I can.
David Sandeman trained at Westminster Medical School, London from 1976 – 1979 and has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol since 1991.
David specialises in neuro-oncology (the field of brain tumour treatment), epilepsy surgery, pain surgery, orbital surgery and spinal surgery – including spinal cord injuries. Technical interests are image guided surgery, laser surgery and computers in surgery.
“For many reasons modern UK medicine fails to deliver a patient-centred service. Brain Tumour Support has many roles, fundraising, public awareness, patient support and education to name just a few. However one of the most important is its role in keeping us all focused on the needs of our patients and their carers. It is hard to imagine how we managed without them!”
On the personal side, David enjoys sailing and skiing and trying/failing to keep up with his two youngest children, now that his eldest daughter has left home.
Born in Peru, Beth was brought up in Bristol and has been influenced by many different musical styles, particularly blues, country, folk, gospel and Latin American music. Beth has a rich, soulful voice and had huge success with her UK top 10 album Little Dreamer back in 2008, for which she received a Brit Award nomination.
As a patron of Brain Tumour Support, Beth is very supportive and involved in the charity's activities. She says “Brain Tumours directly affect more and more people every year. The work that Brain Tumour Support does on a daily basis proves that the much-needed support and encouragement for patients and family members is invaluable. I have known personally the feeling of having a family member go through this kind of ordeal.”