What our Groups do
Our fantastic Supporter Groups are dedicated and courageous groups of volunteers who come together to raise funds and awareness for The Brain Tumour Charity in the name of a loved one. We have over 100 Supporter Groups across the UK and last year our inspirational groups raised over £450,000 towards our work.
Who our Groups are
Most of our Supporter Groups are set up in memory of a loved one who has passed away from a brain tumour but we also have groups run by, or in celebration of, someone who is living with a brain tumour.
All our Groups have one simple thing in common, though - they want to raise funds for research to improve diagnosis and treatments, and ultimately a cure, for brain tumours and raise awareness of this devastating disease.
What do our Groups do?
Events and fundraising
The sky is quite literally the limit when it comes to what our Groups get up to to raise money. We've seen our groups:
- Leap from the skies in daring tandem sky-dives
- Swing their hips at barn dances and zumbathons
- Climb their way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
- Raise a smile (and cash) with cups of tea and fabulous cakes at home
- Celebrate the life of their loved one at gala dinners and balls
- Pound the streets in sponsored walks, 10k runs, half marathons and marathons
- Get naked in a 'calendar girls' style photo shoot for a 2012 calendar
- Release 100s of balloons in memory
- Make a splash with an open-air pool party
- Get furry friends involved with a dog show
- Get dirty in 'sole-destroyer' mucky races
- Produce hoodies and wrist bands for sale
- Tee off on a golf day
There are no boundaries (other than the law!) to what our Groups can and will do.
Making the most of local
Whilst fundraising for a national charity, using our registered charity status, many of our groups are able to capitalise on their location and apply for charity partnerships with local companies and organisations:
- The Hannah Louise Jones Group secured 'Charity of the Year' with her local Sainsbury's (which they do in addition to their national partnerships)
- The Sarah Kitchener Perrow Fund receive a donation for every pizza sold during one week of the year from their local Domino's franchisee
- Groups create connections with local schools and businesses who fundraise on their behalf
- Many Groups are the beneficiaries of their local Lions and Rotary Clubs.
Our Groups also help to raise awareness of brain tumours and their symptoms:
- They help to promote our HeadSmart campaign - handing out materials, talking to the media and becoming Community Champions
- Sharing their story in the local and national media - which promotes the need for more funding for brain tumours plus of course their Group
The Brain Tumour Charity places enormous value on the significant contribution our Supporter Groups make. We're here to support every fundraising idea our Groups have and to help them raise awareness with a dedicated Supporter Groups Officer, plus the wider fundraising and communications team.