Fitness start-up business born out of a brain tumour (February 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.
Our amazing corporate partners have been pulling out all the stops to raise funds and awareness this Brain Tumour Awareness Month.
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.
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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.
We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected as one of London & Partners inaugural charities of the year.
London & Partners, the Mayor of London's official promotional company, was founded to attract businesses, events, congresses, students and visitors to the capital. Their aims are to build London's international reputation and to attract investment and visitor spend, which create jobs and growth. Following a staff vote, The Brain Tumour Charity and Pancreatic Cancer were chosen to support during 2016/17.
As well as fundraising events and use of volunteer days, the team will also have the opportunity to share skills and learning that will deliver long-term value to both charities. After a day of spooktacular fundraising on Halloween, the partnership was officially launched on 17 November.
Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO of London & Partners, said:“We are delighted to announce our new partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity and Pancreatic Cancer UK. In addition to fundraising and volunteering events, our partnership also signifies a wider commitment to use our time and skills to deliver meaningful advice, knowledge sharing and mentoring on projects in areas such as communications, digital, HR, research and insights."
Geraldine Pipping, Director of Fundraising at The Brain Tumour Charity said:“We are looking forward to working alongside the team and are excited to see how our partnership unfolds. Through partnerships with organisations like London & Partners, we are able to offer vital support to patients and families, invest in crucial research to help us see the breakthroughs we urgently need, and be a voice for everyone affected by the disease."
Thank you to all of the staff at London & Partners for choosing to support our work – we're really excited to work with you over the coming year!
Always looking for an excuse to dress up, our fabulous partners transformed into ghosts and ghouls to raise much needed funds for The Brain Tumour Charity over the Halloween weekend.
London & Partners kick-started our partnership with a packed afternoon of Halloween activities. Employees and their families donned creepy costumes, took part in spooky crafts and games and scoffed gory homemade cakes and bakes.
Meanwhile, VoIP Unlimited in Poole marked the spook-tacular occasion with frightening fancy dress and a pumpkin carving competition.
Jade Yarham, Marketing Manager at VoIP Unlimited, said “We make our biggest contribution by saving The Brain Tumour Charity over £40k a year in telephone services but this does not stop us from continuing to fundraise the pennies too. The team turned up in some absolutely fantastic outfits and everyone donated generously. We will continue to raise as much money as possible for The Brain Tumour Charity."
Thank you to everyone involved for your ongoing support and incredible efforts – it really is making a difference!
Feeling inspired? There are loads of ways which your company can get involved and support us. To find out more and for stacks of ideas visit our fundraising at work pages.
We are delighted to announce that The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund has been chosen by Macfarlanes LLP as their Charity of the Year 2016/2017.
With their headquarters in London, Macfarlanes is a leading law firm which advises national and multinational companies, business leaders and individuals in the UK and internationally. They have 86 partners and 220 solicitors and are the winners of numerous prestigious accolades, including the UK Law Firm of the Year 2015.
Oliver Court, partner at Macfarlanes, said, “The firm charity of the year is very important to staff across the firm and each year many of our people at all levels get involved in a huge range of activities in support of it. The focus of The Michael Barry Fund, and the personal connection we have with its founder Lucy, means that we are driven more than ever to make this an exceptional twelve months of support."
The Michael Barry Fund was set up in Michael's memory by his wife, Lucy. Michael sadly lost his life to a brain tumour in February 2016 at just 35 years old. Lucy has been committed to raising funds and awareness ever since. She said “I am delighted that The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund has been selected as Macfarlanes Charity of the Year for 2016/17. This is a fantastic opportunity for Michael's fund and the charity to work in partnership with Macfarlanes. “I was very fortunate to start my legal career at Macfarlanes and worked there until Michael and I left London in 2012, so this really means a lot to me. With their support, we can keep fighting for a future where no more bright young lives like my husband Michael are lost to this cruel disease."
We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Macfarlanes for choosing to support us – we're looking forward to working with you over the coming year!
We are often overwhelmed at the lengths that our corporate partners go to in support of our work. On the 22 September, over 60 intrepid associates from the London office of our corporate partner, Lockton Companies LLP, peddled 60 gruelling miles from London to Brighton.
The energetic team, many of whom were novice cyclists, took on the challenge and battled their way through busy city roads, navigated winding country lanes and tackled the notorious climb of Ditchling Beacon, before descending into Brighton. If that wasn't enough of a challenge, one associate cycled the whole way on a fold-up Brompton bike, and small team chose to cycle from London to Brighton – and back again – all in one day!
Henry Dyson, COO P&C and LGE at Lockton Companies LLP said “Lockton Get's in Gear was a truly inclusive event that saw 60 cyclists of all abilities complete the arduous 91km London to Brighton Bike ride. Embraced by the employees of Lockton as a way to challenge themselves, raise the profile and a massive £31k for The Brain Tumour Charity, the day was a real success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The support received from the charity was also incredible and helped make the day extra special - a massive thank you to the team".
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that together, the team have raised a whopping £31,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. Huge congratulations to everyone who took part, and thank you for your incredible fundraising efforts.
On Saturday we had the pleasure of attending ASCO's Ladies Day as one of their chosen charities for 2016. With a glamorous dress code, guests donned their dancing shoes for a luxurious afternoon tea at the Double Tree Hilton in Aberdeen. With cocktails on arrival, goody bags and live entertainment from the popular band 5th Avenue, the day was filled with lots of exciting games, music and dancing!
Guests were also treated to a raffle with the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes, as well as an after party which saw the dancing and celebrations continue well into the evening. The event raised an amazing £1,350 for The Brain Tumour Charity. Thank you to Sarah and Antonia (pictured) for organising such a great afternoon.
So far the wonderful team at ASCO have raised over £13,000 by taking part in events such as the Baker Hughes 10K run, Ironman 2016, and have helped to raise money and awareness by taking part in Bandanas for Brain Tumours. Every penny raised will help us to fund life-saving research, raise awareness to reduce diagnosis times and provide vital Information and Support to everyone affected, so that no one has to face the diagnosis of a brain tumour alone.
Thank you so much ASCO, here's to an already exceptional year!
Charity Day commemorates the 658 colleagues that lost their lives on 9/11 by providing their global revenues on the day to dozens of charities worldwide, helping turn this tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting.
Following on from their generous support in 2015, we are delighted to have again been chosen as a beneficiary of the BGC Charity Day on the 12 September. Taking place at the BGC offices in central London, this annual event raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities - money is raised through brokers donating their commission for the day to the chosen charities.
We will be there on the day alongside families who have been affected by a brain tumour, who have the opportunity to join in the fun and have a go at a trade themselves! We will also be joined by a celebrity ambassador.
Last year's event raised £28,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity and we are thrilled to be involved in this fantastic day again. Thank you to all at BGC for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing you on the 12 September!
Across the summer months our amazing partners have been busy hosting fundraising events and helping us to raise awareness of brain tumours.
Avaya recently held a pirate themed treasure hunt which saw teams race around Guildford in fancy dress, unravelling clues to work out a winning mystery word. It was very competitive and it ended up with a close dash to the finish line! The event was a huge success and all teams together celebrated afterwards.
The following day Avaya also held a Wellness day for their staff members. The day was an opportunity for us to chat to Avaya staff about the cause, our HeadSmart campaign and the work The Charity carries out. A fantastic opportunity for us to be able to raise awareness.
Technological communications provider, VoIP Unlimited demonstrated their outstanding stamina with an all-night football match. Kicking off at 10pm and playing all the way through to the next day, the team raised vital funds for the Jean Wright Fund, one of our amazing supporter groups.
Andrew Hamlett, Business Development Manager at VoIP Unlimited said “We enjoy taking part in events which raise not only funds for The Brain Tumour Charity but also awareness. We had never undertaken such a challenge before and it proved more difficult than we thought! The pain subsided when we met so many people that were affected by a brain tumour and heard about the wonderful work our fundraising efforts would support."
Our new local business partner James Griffin Lettings attended our office for an afternoon to learn more about The Charity and celebrate the beginning of our partnership. James Griffin have kindly donated several parking spaces for use by The Brain Tumour Charity staff.
Founders of The Charity, Neil and Angela Dickson attended the event, along with the Mayor of Rushmoor, Jacqui Vosper. James Griffin have also signed up a team to The Twilight Walk in Windsor on Sunday 16 October, and are helping promote the event in the local area.
A huge thank you to everyone at Avaya, VoIP Unlimited and James Griffin for all your fundraising efforts and awareness raising this summer!
St Andrews Fashion Show (FS) has announced it is partnering with The Brain Tumour Charity for the 2017 event in a bid to raise vital funds for treatments to tackle the disease.
In its 25th year the annual event which takes place every February, will see over 2000 students take in the spectacle. All the funds raised from the 2017 launch party – Starfields – and fashion show will go towards a project at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh where scientists areprinting 3D brain tumours for the first time as part of a multi-million pound research investment by The Brain Tumour Charity.
We are thrilled to have been chosen as the charity partner for the prestigious Conference Awards, taking place on the 1st July at Tobacco Dock in London.
Organised by the Global Conference Network, the Conference Awards celebrate the very best of the global conference industry and is attended by over 650 conference professionals from across the world. Headline sponsors of the event include Tobacco Dock, Olympia London, Performing Artistes and Visual Elements.
Claire Wormsley, founder and director of the Global Conference Network and organiser of the Conference Awards, said “We are proud to have The Brain Tumour Charity as our selected charity for 2016. The Charity funds amazing, pioneering research into brain tumours and we are delighted to be supporting them through a charity raffle with a fabulous winning prize of a trip to Dubai for two people."
Thank you so much to everyone involved in the Conference Awards for your support – we are looking forward to joining you on the 1st!
We have been so inspired by the recent endeavours of the Lockton team. Their sheer determination in taking on extreme challenges and raising funds will bring us one step closer to a future with a cure.
Three Lockton associates took on the London Marathon 2016, Simon Scholfield finished the Mallorca 312 ride in a time of 11:11:50 facing torrential rain and high winds, and many associates have signed up for the British 10K in July.
In April, Roland Haiser took part in the Marathon des Sables - one of the most notoriously demanding physical challenges in the world, running the equivalent of five and a half marathons through a formidable landscape in one of the world's most inhospitable climates.
Roland's venture raised over £12,500 and this astounding achievement is a true testament to the strength of the human spirit when faced with adversity. Lockton have raised over £45,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity and we can't wait to continue developing this already exceptional partnership. Thank you to everyone at Lockton for your amazing commitment and hard work!
This April, the amazing team at Bluecube won a Third Sector award - Charity Partnership, Telecoms and Technology for their partnership, dedication and substantial donation to The Brain Tumour Charity.
Following the merger between the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust and Brain Tumour UK in 2013 (resulting in The Brain Tumour Charity), it was essential for The Charity to build reliable, efficient and scalable systems to sustain our growth. Bluecube Technology Solutions have been instrumental in helping The Brain Tumour Charity achieve this and we are humbled by Bluecube's genuine willingness to support The Charity, providing consistently high quality products and support.
Through an innovative and collaborative partnership with Bluecube Technology Solutions, The Brain Tumour Charity has been able to improve services, modernise support and fundraising activities and considerably grow our reach. Bluecube has provided The Charity with IT support and solutions totalling a whopping £120,000 a year! The partnership includes a cloud-based IT system which enables our regional staff to work remotely and more productively. The Charity also benefits from ongoing access to the Bluecube's help desk and consultancy programmes, all of which are invaluable to our growth, modernisation and scalability.
This partnership allows us to reach anybody affected across the UK and facilitates support and information services and community fundraisers nationally, helping strengthen and unite the brain tumour community. Importantly, Bluecube's generosity also allows us to invest another £120,000 each year into essential research into brain tumours at one of the UK's top institutions, working to find better treatments and a cure for brain tumours.
The Brain Tumour Charity are hugely grateful for such an important and generous contribution and for the high level of service we receive. We are thrilled that Bluecube's vital role for us has been recognised with this award.