We never forget that the work we do is thanks to our wonderful fundraisers so we'd like to say A BIG THANK YOU to every one who has supported us over the years.
Here are some of our supporters activities from 2016 (click on gallery for full images and text) -
Here are some of our supporters activities from 2016 (click on gallery for full images and text) -
In September Richard Darwood embarked on his ‘Long Walk’ – and it was! 135 miles from Birmingham to Mount Snowdon, and then climbing the mountain itself. A huge achievement, inspired by, and in memory of, Richard’s cousin Katie who sadly lost her life to a brain tumour shortly after her 21st birthday. He reached the summit of Snowdon after 9 days of walking and 318,000 steps. The weather was bad and cloud obliterated any view, but as Richard poignantly commented “it really wasn't about what I could see from the top, it was just being there that was special to me!” And this inspiring challenge raised an amazing total - over £2,200. We are hugely grateful to Richard for his support, and humbled by his comment “It has been my absolute pleasure to be involved in fund raising for your charity, and seems like a small thing to have done compared to what Brain Tumour Support do for families everyday.”
This May the Budleigh Buddies in Devon put on an evening of ‘songs and comedy from yesteryear’ and managed to raise £1,000. The whole team put in a lot of time and energy to make this event happen and our especial thanks go to Jeanette Hackwell, a member of our Devon Support Group. Jeanette did a brilliant job spreading the word through local newspapers, radio and more. In sharing her own experience of life following a brain tumour diagnosis she achieved great support for the event itself and also raised invaluable awareness of the impact of a brain tumour and the help we offer for anyone affected.
The Charity Golf Day held on August 5th at Burghill Valley Golf Club, Hereford raised a whopping £3000 for Brain Tumour Support! Organised by Elliott Buck, in suppprt of his dad Paul, and Kris Jones, we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to a wonderful event. Click on the picture above to see more photos.
In July an intrepid trio Nancy, Dave and Sarah took on the mammoth challenge of the Race to the Stones, an ultramarathon starting in Oxfordshire and ending at the Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire. The inspiration for taking on this challenge for Brain Tumour Support was that sadly Nancy lost both her Mum and a very close friend to a brain tumour, and she explained the charity’s support “went a long way to provide comfort and practical help during that time.” She said the backing that all their sponsors were giving “will not only provide help to other people in the same situation but will also spur us on when the miles get tough during the race.” Well it certainly did that! Nancy, Dave and Sarah successfully completed the 100km / 62 mile course in less than 17 hours and emerged unscathed though very tired! And their sponsorship raised £1,772 – an amazing total to match the distance they covered.
Every four years, in line with the Olympics, Coventry Support Group member Philip Batt organises his own special event - 'Saffy's Olympics - in aid of brain tumour charities, and we were very grateful this year to benefit from half of the funds raised on the day. This fun event involves an afternoon of friends, family and supporters getting together for games such as darts, bowling, croquet, tiddlywinks and guess the cartoon character. Winners of each event were asked to stand on the podium (step stool!) and choose a national anthem of their choice to be presented with a gold (chocolate) medal! In addition there was also afternoon tea, cakes and sandwiches, and a raffle. Many thanks to everyone who organised and attended this enjoyable event, raising a wonderful £180 for Brain Tumour Support.
Herefordshire Support Group member Bea Probert very kindly donated £560, collected in memory of her partner Tony, to help others in her area also in need of support. In a letter written to accompany the donation Bea reflected on how support has helped her, and is still needed, in facing bereavement. "It was so nice to meet others like myself. I needed the emotional support at the Support Group, meetings were friendly and relaxed… …The meetings I hope will help me cope and learn to look back in time to the good days before 'The Brain Tumour', remember him before, fit and well. At this moment I can only see him sick, not the beautiful man he was. Please make these donations given at his funeral in his memory - Anthony James Price (Tony) - and use it for the Herefordshire people with brain tumours and their families. Thank you for your kindness to me at the very worst time in my life."
Amazing fundraising from Jessica Hubbard and friends which has now totalled more than £1,500. Jessica's father Martin has fought a 12 year battle having been diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour in 2004, followed by a second tumour found in 2011. As a result he has faced intensive rounds of radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy, and the whole family have experienced the devastating impact that this has had. Determined to help others in a similar position, Jessica wanted to raise funds for the local Wolverhampton Brain Tumour Support Group, and she has come up with all sorts of ideas to achieve her goal. Jessica pictured with her amazing fundraising friends, from left to right they are: Lotti (aged 5), Jessica (aged 10), Liliah (aged 10) and Holly (aged 10).
At our Somerset Support Group in February our Support Worker, Amanda Love, received a wonderful cheque for £1050 from Gemma Chapman who came along to the meeting with her two young children. Gemma's mum, Jan Harvey, is a member of our group in Taunton having sadly lost her husband Bill to a brain tumour, and Gemma held a very successful quiz night to raise the funds in memory of her dad. Enormous thanks to Gemma and her family for their fantastic support.
The Charity Golf Day on June 29th at Thornbury Golf Centre, organised by Ian and Carole Yearsley, brought together lots of smiling faces, with Mulligan balloons being purchased, kisses for charity and of course a good golf swing even though the rain was trying to spoil the fun. A great day was enjoyed with a marvellous £510 raised. We are enormously grateful to the Yearsley family who continue to support our work in so many ways.
A daring member of our Wolverhampton Support Group, Tammy Henn, took to the skies on August 14th, and leapt from a plane for Brain Tumour Support, and she came back with some amazing photographs of her experience - click the photograph above to see more. And her jump raised well over £700, so huge thanks to Tammy and all who sponsored her.
We'd like to say a big thank you to five very determined and loyal supporters who at the beginning of this month took on a big challenge in order to raise funds for Brain Tumour Support. Selena and Shirley Power, Mel Luter, Sarah Dunn and Kathrine Stockham joined the Isle of Wight Challenge 2016 - a continual walk around the whole coastline of the Isle of Wight - a gruelling 106km / 65 miles. Photographs sent in from their walk showed some of the amazing coastal scenery around the island, but can't begin to show what a tough challenge this was. We are hugely grateful for their commitment and determination, braving multiple blisters and sore toes, to raise a fantastic team total of over £2,600 to help other patients and families in need of our support.
Jugsters MCC motorcycle club have generously been raising funds for Brain Tumour Support through various events and in February presented us with a fantastic cheque for £2270. The fundraising was spearheaded by Jugsters' member Paul Silverwood and his wife Lita, and inspired by the fact that relatives of two of the Jugsters club are affected by brain tumours - one being Paul's brother Tony who is a member of our Coventry Support Group. Amongst the fundraising events which they organised were a rally, parties and birthday bash, and a Benefit Evening at the Kingswood Tavern, Nuneaton which in itself raised over £1000. The Jugsters' cheque was presented to our Head of Support, Rosemary, and Brain Tumour Support Worker for Coventry, Louise at the Kingswood Tavern, and it was clear that much enthusiasm and fun had gone into the fundraising. We are enormously grateful for the generosity of everyone who contributed.
On August 22nd five daring supporters were hoping to take part in the World Record Skydive attempt for the most tandem skydives from 15,000ft in 24 hours. Unfortunately due to bad weather conditions the record attempt had to be cancelled, but our intrepid jumpers still went on with their own jumps and the day was clearly one not to be forgotten. They described it as “Fantastic!” and “A truly memorable experience and well worth it for an amazing charity”. In addition, all five smashed their fundraising targets, with Jim Hemming raising almost £600, Lee Webb £468, Ian Beswick £540, and Will and Laura Bellairs raising over £3200! What an amazing bunch of supporters. A great achievement and huge thanks to all.
Classmates at Tubbenden Primary School decided together that we would like to arrange a fundraising event where they could have some fun and raise money for a good cause at the same time. So they took on a 10km bike ride and each chose a charity that meant a lot to them. Liam chose Brain Tumour Support. He explained "I’m doing this charity bike ride on behalf of my Uncle Bill who died from a brain tumour. This charity was very helpful to him and the support they gave my Auntie Jan. So hopefully by doing this ride and raising money, they will be able to help others" We are very grateful to Liam for his achievement and amazing total, raising over £500.
On November 18th a fantastic fundraising evening at The Red Lion pub in Wednesfield, near Wolverhampton, was organised by the family of Roger Harris. Since receiving the devastating diagnosis of a GBM Grade 4 brain tumour in April 2015, Roger has bravely fought his way through surgery and gruelling treatment. Roger’s daughter Joanne says “My Dad wanted to give something back as he's been very fortunate to recieve some amazing care from Brain Tumour Support and our local Compton Hospice.” Joanne said the fundraising event was arranged in just 3 weeks and included a huge raffle, karaoke (which Roger joined in) and a ‘Brave the Shave’ by her son, and she kindly shared some pictures from the event. “We had some amazing gifts for our fundraiser from a box of chocolates to a weeks holiday to Spain. It was a truly amazing night.” The evening raised an incredible £2300, shared between the charities that the family have been so grateful to over the past 18 months.
Young performers Gabija Statkute, Shannon Bourne and Edna Jowa - some of more than 100 pupils who took part in Aldridge School’s showcase performances to raise money for Brain Tumour Support. The Walsall school staged the song and dance show in memory of Ben Sambrook, former pupil who tragically lost his life at the age of 14 having fought a brain tumour for seven years. Marking what would have been Ben's 17th birthday and also to coincide with Brain Tumour Awareness Month, the show celebrated Ben's love of music and drama, and were free to attend with donations being suggested for Brain Tumour Support.
Absolutely wonderful cakes baked for a charity cake sale in aid of Brain Tumour Support. The event was organised by Jayne Duke with fantastic help coming from work colleagues and friends who got busy baking, and lots of people who supported the sale at Buckinghamshire County Council where Jayne works. The event was advertised on all 12 floors of the council building, got a great response and raised a whopping £503! Thanks so much to Jayne and everyone who helped her make it such a success.
This summer Sue Taylor completed a skydive in memory of her husband Kevin, who sadly died last year after a long and courageous battle following brain tumour diagnosis. Sue's jump raised an incredible £1243 - a wonderful tribute to Kevin and we know that her local Somerset Support Group are especially proud of her achievement. Well done and heartfelt thanks to Sue.
Thank you so much to everyone involved in this year's BENefit Gig - organisers, sponsors, performers and all who came on the night. A fantastic event and a wonderful total of £2160 raised which is so valuable for our work. Most of all a unique and on-going tribute to a very special boy, Ben Sambrook.
In December over 100 Stratford-upon-Avon people helped raise £1,400 when they joined in the newly formed Lunch Club to raise money for Brain Tumour Support. Organiser Jo Wheelright decided to form the Lunch Club to help the charity after she lost her mother to a brain tumour three years ago. “As a family we didn’t know which way to turn,” said Jo. “So in order to raise awareness of the charity and its work I started the Lunch Club four months ago. My first meeting was attended by 27 people. As a family we always looked forward to Sunday lunch and that’s usually when we meet. The club is open to anyone young, old, single, divorced, married. I believe no one should eat alone on a Sunday. Not only do people get to raise money for a worthy cause but they can also enjoy a nice meal in good company." Jo says. The Lunch Club is continuing to meet, and raise vital funds and awareness, every month.
In October we were immensely grateful to benefit from the proceeds of a very special auction which took place at Halls Auctioneers in Shrewsbury. Former super-middleweight World Champion Richie Woodhall had generously donated a signed and framed Frank Bruno boxing glove to be auctioned to raise funds for our Brain Tumour Support Group in Shropshire. This was one of a series of auctions that Richie has organised in tribute to his late father Len, who died in July last year after an eight-year battle with cancer. 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. Following the sale we also discovered that Hall's 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."
A big well done to Mandy Thomson who jumped out of the plane for Brain Tumour Support on the 28th March. Mandy said the skydive was awesome - although it literally took her breath away and her goggles froze up as it was so cold that high up! Her mum and her son were there along with others to cheer her on for her daring challenge, and thanks to everyone's generous support she has raised well over £1000 for our work.