We couldn't do what we do without our wonderful fundraisers so we'd like to say A BIG THANK YOU to every one!
Here are some of our supporters activities from 2015 -
Here are some of our supporters activities from 2015 -
Bamboo Hair in memory of Justin
Bamboo Hair in Wolverhampton chose to raise money for us after seeing one of their long standing clients, Justin Corns, bravely battling a brain tumour last year. Very sadly Justin passed away in November but the Bamboo Hair team continued their efforts to raise money and awareness for Brain Tumour Support in his memory. For Christmas they put together a charity prize draw with a 'guess how many skittles are in the jar' competition and the winner getting a fabulous hamper full of goodies. On the 19th December they also had a special fancy dress day in the salon, all appearing as iconic figures and collecting donations. In total they raised over £430 - a wonderful total and tribute in memory of Justin.
Funds for Walsall
April Braves the Shave
Help from Red Door
Terry Continues to Fundraise
Terry Wood, a regular member of our Staffordshire Support Group, has continued his generous fundraising with a further donation to help fund a special social day for group members to enjoy. (Terry pictured above with Christine our Support Worker for Staffordshire and Helen from North Staffs Carers Centre, the venue for our Staffordshire Support Group)
New Forest Golf Day
Climbing Three Peaks for Anna
Family and friends of Anna Duval-Fryer have been generously raising funds for us since 2010 when Anna started fundraising herself having been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Sadly Anna died in August 2012 but her fund has continued in her memory and the latest challenge completed in tribute to her saw four determined men - Damian, Simon, Phil, and driver Pete - conquer the Three Peaks in July. They scaled Ben Nevis, Scafell Peak and Snowdon within 24 hours, and also raised an incredible £1437. We're hugely grateful for all their continued support.
Lindsey Gets on His Bike
Prize Winning Photography
Pramal Lad, the son of one of our Walsall Support Group members, was selected as a 2015 highly commended winner for the Faith Through a Lens photography competition. The competition aims to find an amateur photographer that best captures the essence of faith and the community, and he won with the stunning photograph that you can see above. As one of the winners he not only gained a personal prize - awarded at a prestigious event by top photographer Don McCullin (pictured above with Pramal) - he was also asked to nominate a charity to benefit. Pramal very kindly chose Brain Tumour Support and as a result we have received £500 worth of Maplin vouchers which will be invaluable for some new electronic equipment for our offices. Many congratulations and our thanks to Pramal.
Rachael's Run for her Dad
On October 18th 2015, Rachael Harper took on the Birmingham Half Marathon raising an amazing total, with Gift Aid, of over £1000. She ran in support of her dad Ken Harper, who along with his wife Marjorie, was a long-standing member of the Walsall and Wolverhampton Support Groups. Very sadly two months later, just before Christmas, Ken lost his fight. But Rachael's achievement had clearly given him much joy and pride. As a family the Harpers have shown wonderful and continuing support for our work and we are immensely grateful for this as well as the friendship and inspiration that they have brought to others.
Neil's Inspiring Running
Neil Holmwood has been through tough times following a late diagnosis of his tumour but he has found running to be a way towards recuperation and to relax. And he has been determined enough to complete the Eden Half Marathon on October 18th 2015 and then the Newquay 10K just three weeks later, raising over £500 for Brain Tumour Support in the process. A real inspiration to others and wonderful support for our work.
Claire's Coast to Coast
Claire undertook the enormous challenge of walking solo almost 200 miles across Northern England, in memory of her cousin Frances. Setting out on July 31st, she completed her ambitious trek 12 days later, also raising a wonderful £1500 for Brain Tumour Support. Click on the picture to read more about her emotional journey....
Chantelle's Half Marathon
Gun Dogs Go Bandanas!
On the 19th September Marjorie and Ken Harper (members of Walsall and Wolverhampton Support Groups, pictured above with Support Worker Sharon) held a party to celebrate the renewal of their wedding vows and instead of presents asked for donations for Brain Tumour Support, which totalled an incredible £610. Our very best wishes and many thanks for such a lovely and generous gesture.
On 19th September, Emily and Kate Menzies completed a 15,000ft skydive at Skydive Buzz in Dunkeswell, Honiton in memory of their father William Menzies, who died from a brain tumour 12 years ago. The daring challenge was decided on to reflect the adventurous streak that their dad always had, and from the photographs it looked like they enjoyed an exhilarating day. As a result they also raised fantastic sponsorship of over £1,500.
Becca's Plymouth 10K
On 15th November 2015 Becca Yearsley took on the Plymouth 10 km Run and succeeded in hitting her £200 fundraising target. Like a number of other members of her family, Becca wanted to raise funds for us following her brother Ben's diagnosis and treatment over the past 5 years. We're very glad to have been able to make a difference to Ben and his family through a difficult time, and are are hugely grateful for their continued support. And well done to Becca. Afterwards she said "The 10k run went well, I kept running and didn't stop once and managed to finish it in 1 hour 4 minutes 36 seconds, which was better than I expected! It was a pleasure to raise money for such a great charity."
In Memory of Ian Clark
Hayley's Sodbury Slog
A Memorable Bristol Half
24 Hour Golf Challenge
William Ballinger's Golf day took place on 8th July to raise money for both Brain Tumour Support and The Brain Tumour Charity. William's wife Linda was diagnosed with a grade 2 brain tumour and they generously wanted to give something back to both research and also, as William says "support people like Linda and I who are caught in the storm this condition creates." The event saw a group of super keen golfers take on a 24 hour golf challenge - playing 4 rounds of golf in one day, which meant a 4.30 am start, with 72 holes of golf played in the following 16 hours, and walking 20 miles in the process! With sponsorship money and other generous donations we received a marvellous total of £1607. Huge thanks to everyone involved.
Jayde at the Edinburgh Fringe
Wolverhampton Half Marathon
Kieran Widdowson is a regular at the Walsall, Wolverhampton and Worcester Support Groups and has done a tremendous amount over the past few years to inspire and encourage others needing support. He is now proving to be a star baker and his cakes are always in demand at group meetings! Members can chose to make a donation for them if they wish so the funds Kieran has collected rises each month - and those group meetings are now just not the same without cake!
In Cornwall, the Penzance and Barncoose Racing Pigeon Club have been marvellously supportive of our work. At their prizegiving evening in October our Support Worker for Cornwall, Julie Liddle received a cheque for £200 from Club Secretary Gary Jacobs which was proceeds from a successful sale of racing pigeons. Julie spoke to all attending about the charity's work and her own experience, and her other task for the evening was presenting a trophy which has been generously donated and named the BICC Brain Tumour Support Nomination Shield. This went to Duncan Harvey of the V&D Harvey Partnership for his success in the Young Bird race from Guernsey. The support of everyone from the club is very much appreciated, with special thanks to Steve Wright of the House of Aarden, Pigeon Stud who was the major sponsor of the event.
Charity Coffee Morning
A cold and wet November 28th was cheered up by Andrew and Janice Thorn, along with their daughter Lucy, holding a fundraising day with lots of tea and coffee and wonderful food. Their cute dog Henry wore a BTS bandana and loved all the attention, and the event raised a fantastic total of over £340. Kate our counsellor had the pleasure of being there and experiencing their lovely hospitality, and she commented afterwards "It is always very heart-warming when you see people supporting the charity especially on these winter days."
Swimming for Support
Many thanks to Bernie Elliott for completing a sponsored swim raising funds to help our work. She swam 96 lengths, the equivalent of 2 miles, at Thornbury Leisure Centre pool, and chose to include Brain Tumour Support to benefit as she has a friend who attends the Bristol Support Group. "Being with my friend and supporting her made me realise how much pain and tiredness and other things this does to people who have tumours, so I'm glad I could raise the money to help."
Tom's Haircut for a Friend
Following the loss of family friend Ben Sambrook to a brain tumour at the age of just 14, 11 year old Tom Wakelin grew his hair for a year so that he could have a sponsored haircut and also donate his cut hair to charity. Tom explained "I'm excited to be able to raise money for the Brain Tumour Support and to donate my hair to Little Princess Trust....I decided to do it because I want to help other people with brain tumours and in memory of Ben." Following his very special haircut on September 2nd Tom had raised over £400 and his sponsorship page is still taking donations. Many thanks to Tom and his family for their moving and generous support. Click on the picture to read more....
Stuart's Ironman in Austria
On 28th June Stuart Amory took on the big triathlon challenge of Ironman Austria. Following the brain tumour diagnosis of a family friend, Stuart chose to support our work and we feel privileged that this was a spur to him completing this tough event. "Knowing that you guys are donating to this charity will obviously help the Milne family but also give me some much needed 'mental' fuel to keep pushing on!" Stuart raised a total of £439 through www.guess2give.com - a fun and novel way to raise valuable funds for us, and we're extremely grateful for his support.
Jenna and Tanya Get Colourful
On 15th August, sisters Jenna and Tanya Handley took on the Birmingham Colour Run to raise funds for us in gratitude for the support being given recently to a good friend of theirs. Also known as the 'Happiest 5K on the Planet' the race sees runners doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre, so those colourful BTS running shirts were even more so at the finishing line! Thanks so much to Jenna and Tanya for taking part and raising over £150 for us.
Sam and Steve's Long Ride