Meet your community team
Our community fundraising team are here to guide, support and encourage you at each stage of your fundraising journey. Everything that you’re doing is helping us to move closer to a cure. We’re here to help you in any way that we can.
If you’d like to get involved but are not sure where to start, the community fundraising team can help give you inspiration for your fundraising and talk to you about different opportunities. Email us on CommunityFundraising@thebraintumourcharity.org.
We work with supporters across the country, from individuals to schools and local businesses. We’re here to answer your questions, provide fundraising tips and will help make sure you have everything you need to make your event a success.
We’re always interested to hear about your fundraising ideas and events. Make sure you tell us about your fundraising and tag us in any photos you share on social media!
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Head of Fundraising (Community)
Francesca Towson is Head of Fundraising (Community Fundraising) at The Brain Tumour Charity. Francesca has over 20 years’ experience in Community Fundraising within the Charity sector. Previously having worked for a number of charities including Make- A-Wish Foundation UK and Brain Tumour UK.
Francesca’s passion for the charity stems from personal connection with the impact this devastating disease can have on families and loved ones. Through leading a team of Community Fundraisers across the UK and developing a strong Supporter Group community, she hopes to be empower those affected to take back control by supporting them in their fundraising activities.
Senior Community Fundraiser
Katie is currently on maternity leave.
Katie has a background of working in events and fundraising within the charity sector and media, having previously worked for the CLIC Sargent and RNIB.
She found her passion for fundraising whilst working at her local radio station and helping at the Cash for Kids events as a volunteer for five years. An opportunity came up to help on a more official basis whilst their Easter Appeal ran and she realised how much fun fundraising can really be whilst making a difference.
Katie loves to lead by example and has done many fundraising activities herself including a half marathon and a skydive.
Claire’s background was in Financial Services for 20 years with a two year break in between to pursue a career in Scuba Diving in Thailand.
Claire was first introduced to the charity in 2013 when her husband Lee was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. It was on The Charity’s website that Claire discovered the Romford Support group which she joined with Lee and she is still heavily involved with today. At the start of 2014 Claire and Lee started to fundraise for the charity by both having their heads shaved which raised over £3,500.00.
After Lee sadly passed away, Claire set up a Supporter Group in his memory and continued to fundraise for the charity and raise the profile of brain tumours.
Claire is absolutely thrilled to now be able to use her personal experience as a fundraiser in the community to help others. Based in Essex, Claire covers the South East region which covers Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire and parts of London.
Helen was North East Community Fundraiser for RNIB before joining us in June 2019. Before that, she was a broadcast journalist, working in TV and Radio for the BBC in Newcastle, where she worked on regional TV current affairs programmes Close up North and Inside Out.
Her passion for fundraising started when a friend’s son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Organizing her friends to fundraise for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust inspired her to turn fundraising into a career.
Based near Newcastle, but covering the whole of the North East region, Helen can’t wait to hear about all your fundraising activities, and is ready to help and support you every step of the way. So if it’s materials you need, or advice and support, or anything else to make your fundraising a success – don’t hesitate to get it touch!
Kayleigh joined The Charity in July 2019, having previously worked in both the Law and the Education Sector. Kayleigh wanted to give something back to the Charity who supported her, and her family, through a very difficult time.
Since losing her dad to a brain tumour in November 2015, Kayleigh has volunteered for The Charity, taking on tasks such as being a Christmas Card Angel each year, and providing enthusiasm and inspiration at the Twilight Walks. Having already met many of the wonderful supporters and employees of The Charity, she is thrilled to become a member of the Community Fundraising Team! She is as determined as The Charity, in the quest for finding a cure for such a cruel disease.
Based in the West Midlands, Kayleigh is on hand to provide advice, inspiration, motivation and ideas to the many supporter groups and fundraisers in her region, and to ensure that they feel supported on every step of their fundraising journey.
Sam is currently on Maternity Leave.
Sam joined the charity in August 2019, having previously worked within the Education Sector for the past 9 years. Sam is keen to continue supporting the charity after being affected by a brain tumour diagnosis within her family, and receiving support from the support team.
Sam has been involved in the charity since September 2014 when she began to undertake many of her own fundraising challenges as well as organising several events, Sam highly recommends doing a sky dive, or holding a coffee morning – because you get to eat lots of cake, and meet great people too, who like you want to raise the profile of the charity.
Sam then joined our Young Ambassador programme, volunteering with us as a Young Ambassador for two years. The Young Ambassador programme is a group of young people who have all been affected by a brain tumour, coming together to make a positive impact and share their experiences.
Since the loss of her family member, Sam has continued to be determined and passionate in raising awareness of The Brain Tumour Charity through her fundraising and volunteering, Sam is now so excited to be a part of the Community Fundraising team and support others who wish to make a difference.
Based in the East, Sam is on hand to provide advice, inspiration, motivation and ideas to the many supporter groups and fundraisers in her region, and to ensure that they feel supported on every step of their fundraising journey.
Remembering Viv McBeth
We are extremely sad to have lost our wonderful and much-loved colleague Viv, to a brain tumour. Viv was our amazing Community Fundraiser in Scotland and helped to raise a huge amount of awareness and funds.
We are sure, like us, many of you will remember how her courage and humour provided support, hope and inspiration to everyone she met. We will miss her so much.