Supporter Group FAQs

Our Supporter Groups bring people together to fundraise, fighting brain tumours on all fronts. We have made a list of some of the frequently asked questions about setting up a Supporter Group.

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Why should I set up a Supporter Group with The Brain Tumour Charity?

We are the UK's largest dedicated brain tumour charity, funding pioneering research to improve survival rates and reduce the harm caused by brain tumours. By coming together we dedicate even more funds to this research, all of which is subject to a stringent peer review process so you can be confident we are funding only the most promising projects. By becoming a Supporter Group, you have all the benefits of being your own charity (the name), but without the administrative hassles. We deal with all the legal stuff, sort out your banking and keep you updated on the total amount you have raised and we also handle Gift Aid.

Who decides where funds raised by my group will be spent?

All the funds you raise as a Supporter Group will be spent on furthering our charitable objectives of funding research, providing information & support, raising awareness and influencing policy. We do not use the funds raised by our Supporter Groups to cover general office costs or fundraising costs.

Can I fund a particular researcher or institution?

You are able to request that your funds are allocated to be spent in a particular area (from a choice of five), such as research into paediatric high grade tumours. Your funds will then be spent on research projects in this area that have been agreed through our stringent peer review process.

How much do I need to raise?

We will talk to you about your fundraising goals and ambitions and help you set an income target on a year by year basis. As a general rule our groups raise between £10,000 and £50,000 each year, with the highest income in the first 2 to 3 years.

What happens if I don't reach my income target?

We know that our Supporter Groups are set up for very personal reasons often in difficult circumstances. Most groups set targets because they find them useful to focus their efforts and also tell people when fundraising what their ambitions are. We will give you as much support and encouragement as you want to help you reach your target, but if you do fall short, please don't worry – we won't disband you, or tell you off - every penny you raise will help us make a difference in the future.

Can I take a break from fundraising?

Of course. We recognise that everyone's situation changes and that you may not always have the time to dedicate to fundraising and organising events.We will also help you to set up easy ways to raise funds so that even if you want to take a break your fund is still growing.

How will I know how much I've raised?

We will send you quarterly fund statements by post so you can keep a track of your fundraising. You will also see a running total on your Supporter Group's web page should you choose to have one.

How will I know about the impact of the fund I have raised?

We send out annual research updates, on the area you have chosen to fund. You will also be kept up to date with any breakthroughs and news as they happen through our social media and e-news.

What support will you give me?

We want to give you as much support as you feel you need. Our Supporter Groups team (Sally, Emma and Ayesha), are there at the end of the phone or email for any questions you might have and to give you support for your fundraising and events.

In addition to the Supporter Groups team, other members of The Brain Tumour Charity team are available to help you raise the most money possible, for example our communications team can provide advice and support with getting your events publicised and handling the media or designing a flyer/advert.

We recognise that many Groups are set up in difficult circumstances or if you're living with a brain tumour you might have questions and need information about what you're going through. Our professional and compassionate Information and Support Team are there for anyone associated with our Groups at any time (0808 800 0004 /

You will be invited to regular conferences and 'gatherings' so you can meet with, and get support from, other groups in your area. These days are a chance to swap experiences and ideas, and trade top tips. When you start up, we'll send you a personalised logo, forms, and a Fundraising Toolkit to help you get started.

If you have any further questions please call us on 01252 749043 or email