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!
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.
Community FundraiserClaire’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.
Community FundraiserHelen 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!
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.