The staff of Ornua Nutrition Ingredients UK, based in Leek, Staffordshire, have raised more than £3,700 for Brain Tumour Support, because we support one of their colleagues whose husband had a brain tumour.
The company spent the whole of 2019 coming up with different ways of raising funds. Activities throughout the year included a Christmas raffle, a coffee morning, a Christmas Jumper Day, Movember, a Sparkle Day and a 10 km walk.
“The walk was so successful that I’ve had a number of requests to do it again as it was a lovely way to socialise and relax in a beer garden afterwards with a well-deserved drink and lunch,” said Stephanie Jones, site secretary. “Colleagues had lots of fun raising the money. In the summer some participated in the Shropshire Mud Run raising over £300. Two colleagues took on the Movember challenge, growing odd-looking moustaches and raising over £150. The events were not too challenging but generated an astonishing amount of donations whilst bringing colleagues, friends and family together. We would like to thank businesses local to Leek for donating prizes, including Leek Bar & Grill, Peak Wildlife Park, West Street Meats, The Retreat and Domino’s Pizza. Special thanks to E H Hassell & Son based in Trentham who donated £1,000. The staff and management of Ornua Nutrition are delighted with the total amount raised.”
Jane, who works at Ornua Nutrition, bravely shared her story before her husband Bill sadly died in December 2019. She said: “Bill suffered from glioblastoma, an awful aggressive type of brain tumour for which there is no cure. I can only describe the time as like living with no map. Living with this is a painful, emotional journey. Watching someone that you love gradually declining is dreadful. Brain Tumour Support contacted me to offer us both support in the form of a forum, where others in similar circumstances can discuss and share their problems and experiences. Brain Tumour Support also offered attendance at monthly meetings and weekend activities if we wanted to get involved. The best thing about Brain Tumour Support’s Facebook Forum is that it is there 24 hours a day to offer support during times where we feel we cannot cope. This made us feel that we were not alone as someone is always there if needed.”
Brain Tumour Support, which runs a monthly support group in Stoke-on-Trent, as well as 22 other support groups up and down the country, has seen a 51% increase in demand for its services in the last year. “In order to meet this growing demand, we need to raise around £600,000 per year,” said Emma McKeown, deputy CEO of Brain Tumour Support. “We are so grateful to all the staff at Ornua Nutrition for choosing our charity and giving so generously. Their support will mean we can be there for more brain tumour patients and their families. We aim to be there for as long as we are needed, at any point in their journey.”