Aykroyd & Sons's toughest challenge yet (June 2017)
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All of our amazing corporate partners have a direct impact on everybody affected by a brain tumour. We could not do what we do without their dedicated support and we would like to say a huge thank you to all our partners who are supporting us in so many different ways.
Over the past five years, Evolution Coaching has provided The Brain Tumour Charity with exceptional pro bono leadership coaching and professional development training, totalling in excess of £50,000!
Anne Roques the founder and lead at Evolution Coaching explained “there are countless reasons why the Evolution Coaching team support The Brain Tumour Charity. The attitude and openness of Sarah, The Charity CEO, and the sheer eagerness and determination of The Charity leadership team to learn and grow, allows our coaches to use their expertise to the best of their abilities, whilst giving back to a truly outstanding charity. We are committed to this important cause."
“Evolution Coaching have rightfully become a critical part to the ongoing development and growth of the Senior Leadership team here at The Brain Tumour Charity. The personal coaching and leadership advice not only guarantees we maintain a high professional standard throughout everything we do, but also ensures we remain focused on our key priorities." Sarah Lindsell, CEO The Brain Tumour Charity.
We are exceptionally grateful to Anne and the team at Evolution Coaching for their dedication and support to both our staff, our cause and The Charity. We look forward to continuing working with the Evolution Coaching team for many years to come.
Click on the images below to find out what our amazing corporate partners have been up to over the past six months.
We are so very proud of the remarkable team at Aykroyd & Son's, who recently completed the Three Peaks challenge – scaling the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland in less than 24 hours!
Aykroyd & Son's support The Charity in memory of their colleague and close friend Pauline Lonsdale, who sadly passed away from a brain tumour.
They have supported us for many years through multiple fundraising activities and stacks of pyjama donations, which are used within our Brainy Bags for children and their siblings affected by a brain tumour.
The courageous team of 12 donned their hiking boots and took to this hills for 24 hours of challenging terrain, gruelling ascents and lack of sleep! However, their sheer grit and determination paid off and the team had an epic adventure across the wildness in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.
“We are always looking at new and fresh ways to raise money for a charity that's very close to our hearts. We wanted a real challenge that would test us physically and mentally, and it sure did! There was plenty of ups and downs during the 24 hours, but we did it and we are all very proud that we managed to complete the challenge in 23 hours and 32 minutes! It is by far the toughest challenge Aykroyds have ever attempted but definitely worth it every step." Ffion Aykroyd-Davies, Aykyord & Son's.
With an initial fundraising target of £2,000 conquered within weeks, the team raised the bar and completely smash their second target and have raised an incredible £5,000! If you wish to donate to the team - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sion-Aykroyd
All of us here at The Brain Tumour Charity are humbled by the level of commitment and support the Aykroyd & son's team have shown over the past few years and wish to say a massive thank you to each and every member of staff at Aykroyd & Son's – we think you're all phenomenal!
We're so grateful that an energetic team from global financial services technology company Ipreo will soon be taking on the gruelling Tough Mudder in support of The Brain Tumour Charity.
Inspired to fundraise following a period of volunteering at The Charity's office, 15 team members from across Ipreo will tackle Tough Mudder's infamous mud pits, electric shocks and water-filled tunnels on top of a 12 mile cross-country run.
With an ambitious fundraising target of £5,000, the passionate team are committed to making a difference to all of those affected by a brain tumour.
“My wife volunteered for The Brain Tumour Charity and suggested we support the cause during our Tough Mudder challenge" said Martin Railton, Director at Ipreo.
“When I proposed The Charity to the team, the support for such a worthy organisation was unanimous. Colleagues have lost loved ones to this devastating disease, so we are taking on this challenge to raise as much as possible for research into brain tumours".
We are delighted to have the support of the team at Ipreo. Thank you to everyone involved for your commitment to training and fundraising - we are looking forward to cheering you on from the sidelines!
If you'd like to support the Ipreo team, you can do so by visiting their JustGiving page. Equally if you and your colleagues also think you have what it takes to take on Tough Mudder, contact our Events Team for more information on 01252 749043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After 32 year-old Mark Richardson suddenly passed away from an undiagnosed brain tumour last year, his wife, friends and colleagues at Diageo choose to support The Brain Tumour Charity.
To mark Brain Tumour Awareness Month, the Diageo team and their suppliers came together to host a sophisticated fundraising dinner and auction in aid of The Charity, raising an astounding £62,000 in Mark's memory.
Led by Morven Wylie, the Diageo Dinner sold out in days and was kindly supported by generous clients and suppliers, who donated top prizes for the auction. Over 120 guests attended the event and were hosted by Diageo colleagues, who took on waiting roles for the evening!
“I was so touched when Mark's colleagues from Diageo wanted to fundraise in his memory and that so many thought so highly of my husband.
“The night meant an awful lot; there was a real sense of achievement that Mark didn't die in vain and the incredible amount raised will go to help others.
“I feel very strongly that there should be more awareness around brain tumours and more funding for research so that other families don't have to go through what we have had to." – Shona Richardson, Mark's wife.
The total raised in Mark's memory currently stands at an exceptional £80,000. This truly is a wonderful testament to the hard work and dedication Mark's family, friends and colleagues have put into raising money to help defeat brain tumours and save lives, and we are truly grateful for their support.
To find out how you and your company can support our work, please visit our ways to support us page.
Our amazing corporate partners have been pulling out all the stops to raise funds and awareness this Brain Tumour Awareness Month.
We kick-started the month with #WearItOut, with many partners donning their bandanas and sharing their pictures on social media. They also held bake sales and tea parties, hosted raffles and even held office static bike challenges!
A huge thank you to Audit Scotland, Aykroyd and Sons, Carbon Clear, Michelmores LLP and Voip Unlimited for all your incredible efforts.
As well as our Charity of the Year partners, we were delighted to have the incredible support of Edinburgh Woollen Mill; over 340 stores took part in fundraising efforts inspired by The Super Sam Fund, raising thousands of pounds for vital research. Plus, over 30 local branches of Tesco Express held in-store bucket collections and fundraising activities, raising hundreds of pounds and vital awareness amongst colleagues and customers.
On the same day, colleagues from Macfarlanes LLP, RBC GAM and London & Partners kindly donated their time to us and took part in bucket collections at London Bridge and Waterloo tube stations.
An enormous thank you to everyone who got involved – your support is making a huge difference.
There are plenty of ways that you can get involved this Brain Tumour Awareness Month, from giving 10 minutes of your time to micro-volunteer or by hosting your own fundraising event. For more information please contact the team by email email@example.com or call 01252 749043.
St Andrew's Fashion Show has incredibly raised over £28,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity in a bid to fund research in to vital treatments to tackle this disease.
With sponsors including Fendi, PWC and Veuve Clicquot, this year's glamourous event saw over 2000 students take in the glitzy spectacle!
Now celebrating its 25th year, St Andrew's Fashion Show has raised over £460,000 for numerous charitable causes. We are truly thankful that St Andrews choose to support us this year.
All the funds raised from the launch party, Starfields and the fashion show will go towards a project at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh where scientists are printing 3D brain tumours for the first time as part of a multi-million pound research investment by The Brain Tumour Charity. The aim is to secure a more effective, easily-reproducible way to test drug treatments for primary malignant brain tumours such as glioblastoma, which kill around 5,000 people in the UK every year.
The Brain Tumour Charity's partnership with St Andrews Fashion Show was inspired by The Silas Pullen Fund. The fund was set up in memory of Silas who died of a brain tumour aged 11 in 2013.
Ben and Sarah Pullen, Silas's parents said: “Treatment of brain tumours has barely changed. When our son Silas was diagnosed, he was put on drugs that were 40 years old – they didn't work then and they don't work now. Right now, there is little else to offer these children – but the pioneering work undertaken by The Brain Tumour Charity gives families like ours who are facing the disease more hope."
Sarah Lindsell, The Brain Tumour Charity's CEO said: “We are immensely grateful to St Andrews University Fashion Show for raising awareness and funds. We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it's only through the efforts of fundraisers like St Andrews University Fashion Show and others like them that we can work towards our twin goals of doubling survival and halving the harm caused by brain tumours.
“Their support for us and for our research project in Edinburgh will make a real difference as we continue our quest to defeat brain tumours, which kill more children and adults under 40 in the UK than any other type of cancer."
In March 2015, just before the end of his final year as a Business student at Bournemouth University, Jordan Toms suffered a seizure and shortly after was diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma brain tumour, aged just 23.
Despite diagnosis, Jordan trained all the way up until his operation that removed 90% of the tumour but left him with diminished strength in his left hand side. Undeterred, he threw his entire energy into his rehabilitation, learning how to walk, training at the gym every day, even how to talk and hold a fork again.
Together with his brothers Callum and Adam, Resolute, a gym clothing brand, was born. The brothers have had to start the business from scratch, pulling in favours and holding firm to their belief in their vision. The company has pledged to donate 10% of its profits to The Brain Tumour Charity.
Jordan said “we want to take the gym back and make exercise for everyone. It shouldn't be solely about looks. For us, exercise is about pushing your limits to improve your fitness so you can give yourself the best chance of a happy and healthy life.
“At Resolute we want to motivate people by getting them to look at the inspiring determination of millions of cancer patients as an example of the human spirit we all possess. If nothing else I hope Resolute will be a symbol for anyone else with cancer that you really can get to any goal if you set your mind to it. Believe it or not, a cancer diagnosis can motivate you to do some amazing things."
Sarah Lindsell, CEO of, The Brain Tumour Charity said: The story of the founding of Resolute is so inspirational. Jordan's brain tumour diagnosis and subsequent treatment and aftercare, galvanised the long-held business idea for him.
“For them to be part of our nationwide strategy to raise vital funds for research into finding a cure is truly humbling. Resolute is about cool products, a genius brand, and a tale of friendship in the darkest of times. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 in the UK and it's only through amazing efforts like those behind Resolute, that we can make a difference to everyone affected by this devastating disease.
For more information and to visit the Resolute shop please visit www.weareresolute.co.uk
Following a year of incredible fundraising efforts, we are thrilled to announce that Lockton LLP have raised a staggering £162,040.58 for The Brain Tumour Charity, completely smashing their initial target of £100,000!
From start to finish, the partnership was a real national effort and every single branch has been dedicated to fundraising and volunteering.
Around the country, associates got involved in quiz nights, raffles, auctions, Christmas jumper days, ultra-marathons, abseils, bake sales and just about every kind of fundraising event you can imagine. As well as the incredibly successful Lockton Gets in Gear cycle challenge from London to Brighton, one energetic team pedalled from Land's End to John O'Groats and another bravely took on a skydive, completing a hair-raising freefall of over 11,000 feet!
But it's not just the big fundraisers that have made a difference - every single member of the team has thrown themselves into really making this partnership shine. We are truly humbled and inspired by the amount of passion, energy and enthusiasm shown by the team.
Simon Coleman, COO at Lockton LLP Companies“Lockton's partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity over 2016 has brought out the best in everyone here at Lockton, with the associates pulling together, taking on incredible challenges and raising valuable funds for this very worthy cause whilst having a great time doing so. With The Brain Tumour Charity you can see exactly where your money is going and you know that every penny makes a massive difference in this dangerously underfunded area of research. Many Lockton associates have personal connections to The Charity, and many don't, but everyone from the Lockton offices up and down the country got involved and embraced our partnership. This has been an exceptional year and we are thrilled at the result."
A huge thank you to every member of the Lockton LLP team for such an extraordinary partnership, and for making such an incredible difference to the lives of all those affected by this devastating disease.
For more information on this outstanding partnership visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq02tbXFy7U
As the New Year begins, our partnership with Avaya UK sadly comes to an end.
The team selected The Brain Tumour Charity as their Charity of the Year for 2015/2016 and over the past year have held multiple innovative fundraising events including a treasure hunt around Guildford, an in-house netball tournament and a very competitive old-fashioned sports day.
The Avaya team were also successful in securing a whopping $10,000 donation from Avaya Worldwide for their chosen charity, during the Avaya Month of Giving.
Steve Wright, Finance Director (UKI) Avaya UK said: “Avaya's partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity over the past 12 months has been both exciting and beneficial for The Charity and Avaya employees. We've had the opportunity for some fun and games which has enabled both parties to get some fresh air, have fun and enjoy themselves, and at the same time raise some valuable funds for an excellent charity run by a committed and dedicated bunch of people."
Avaya raised a truly fantastic £13,654.60 throughout the partnership - thank you so much to the whole team for your incredible dedication and support over the past year. We have been truly overwhelmed by your level of commitment in helping to defeat this devastating disease.