Underbelly launches The Big Brain Benefit (August 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.
On 10 August, our wonderful partners at Floor & Wall Ltd took to the fairway as they hosted their first ever charity golf day. Joined by 12 teams from their networks and suppliers, the golfers got to take on the championship course at Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort in North Lincolnshire.
Once the game was over and all score cards handed in, everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ as well as a charity raffle and auction with wonderful prizes.
The outstanding efforts of the team at Floor & Wall means that their golf day expects to raise over £7,000 to help The Charity to double survival and halve the harm of brain tumours. What's more, Floor & Wall are looking to repeat their success next year, and make the Golf Day an annual event.
Click on the images below to find out what our amazing corporate partners have been up to over the past six months.
We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with live entertainment company Underbelly, who have chosen to support The Brain Tumour Charity at a number of iconic events during 2017.
Our cause is close to Underbelly's heart. As well as supporting The Charity at the Summer at Southbank festival and Christmas at Leicester Square, Underbelly are hosting The Big Brain Benefit, a raucous evening of comedy, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the 23 August.
With a top line up including John Bishop, Danny Bhoy, Jason Byrne and Charlie Baker, this incredible evening of comedy is not one to be missed. All box office income will be donated straight to The Charity, and Underbelly are generously matching this amount.
Our partnership with Underbelly provides a fantastic opportunity to raise funds vital awareness of our work on a national scale. We are so grateful to the marvellous team at Underbelly for their amazing support – thank you to you all.
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!
Evolution Coaching pride themselves on delivering high standards of coaching and training services to both individuals and organisations. They cover a wide range of topics within various different formats from one to one coaching, coach supervision and group facilitation.
The expert guidance and personal coaching provided to the team here at The Brain Tumour Charity is invaluable. It has provided our senior leadership team with the essential skills and expertise to be able to optimise team effectiveness and lead their teams in a professional and focused manner. Having a high performing team enables us solely to focus our needs and activities directly on our ambitious five year strategy and goals of doubling survival and halving the harm that brain tumours have on quality of life.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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