John and Tina have joined Brain Tumour Support’s Together £500 Club because the charity helped them after a family member was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
“Our family member had to medically retire from their career and give up driving for two years,” said Tina. “They had gruelling chemotherapy and then radiotherapy; they developed a blood clot in the lung; are left fatigued and have some language/comprehension issues but never complain about anything at all. We are super proud of this person.”
Tina and John have attended the charity’s support groups and have also had specialist counselling.
“The charity has been such a helping hand to us,” said Tina. “Our family member with the tumour has not wanted/needed to participate in the support groups but is happy for us to do whatever we need to ourselves to help us understand what we as a family are all dealing with.”
Brain Tumour Support was there for Tina and John when they needed support so when they heard about the charity’s Together We Are Stronger appeal, they wanted to get involved.
“We sold some unwanted items on eBay and Facebook and quickly raised £500,” said John. “It was so quick and easy to do and is our way of saying ‘thank you’.”
Tina and John have joined others in the Together £500 Club who are aiming to help the charity survive the current crisis.
“We are so grateful for Tina and John’s fundraising efforts,” said Tina Mitchell Skinner, who founded the charity 17 years ago when her husband died from a brain tumour. “We are currently working with over 1,500 patients and carers requiring critical and intensive support with many more waiting for help. As well as patients who need our help, many NHS staff are also supported by us, as we provide a service that they simply do not have the resources to provide. We know these are challenging times for many people, and it means such a lot to us to see supporters coming up with wonderful ideas to help our appeal. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has got involved so far. Supporting us through fundraising or with a donation makes a real difference, now more than ever, and means such a lot to us. Your help will enable us to navigate through this devastating period so that we can survive, and continue to provide our crucial services for patients and families.”