We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2018 and one of the ways we have managed to keep doing the important work that we do is by having kind-hearted people like you fundraise for us. Over the years we’ve had many people do weird and wonderful things all in the name of fundraising for The Brain Charity.
Who are The Brain Charity?
The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help and social activities to anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends, and carers. There are hundreds of different neurological conditions, including stroke, brain injury, dementia, brain haemorrhage, and many rarer conditions. Being diagnosed with a neurological condition can be a frightening and bewildering experience; many people face unemployment, poverty and social isolation as a result. We offer a range of services including: counselling, welfare benefits service, adult learning courses, confidence building courses, a national helpline and much more.
Why fundraise for us?
There are many statistical reasons to help us do the important work that we do, such as the fact that 1 in 6 people have a neurological condition, or even that 83% of people in a caring role feel they’re not valued by society. But the best way to demonstrate the value of our work is through an example of one of our service users and volunteers Kim:
In 2006 I became an inpatient at The Royal Liverpool Hospital. I had been having excruciating headaches for months and had also lost a lot of feeling in my left hand side. I couldn’t use my arm very well and my walking was very strange with a limp. After having a CT Scan I was told I had a stroke. I was devastated. I was due to have my 34th birthday that week and I thought ‘I can’t have had a stroke, only old people have strokes’. I really thought my life was over.
I left hospital 2 days later with a leaflet on ischaemic strokes and was told that a physiotherapist would visit me, which was great but when I asked for help I was told that the only help available was for older people. At that point I felt totally alone in the world.
I realised I would need help to live my life again and began searching the internet for organisations; that’s when I came across The Brain Charity.
As the years went on life got harder and harder. I was still experiencing debilitating migraines for which I was back and forth to my neurologist to try different medications. I was eventually diagnosed with chronic and hemiplegic migraine.
This kind of condition makes it extremely difficult to stay in work as I was always ill and I was medically retired in December 2014.
Immediately after New Year I asked at The Brain Charity if could I start volunteering and I began the very next day. I love every single minute I am at the charity, it feels like home to me as everybody is so welcoming and warm, it’s just amazing.
I really wanted to help people like myself who are debilitated and disabled by migraine, so I decided to set up my own migraine group at The Brain Charity. In February 2015 the group was born.
I love being able to support people in the same boat as me and knowing that I can make a difference to other people makes me proud. I hate the conditions that I have, but I am glad I can put my experiences to good use for other people.
I’m grateful every day for the opportunities The Brain Charity has given to me and for the new lease of life I have been given here.
How to fundraise for us?
There are many ways in which people fundraise for us. We’ve had comedy nights, plant sales, cake sales or a sponsored activity like the one done by our very own Finance Manager who cycled all three of the UK Night Riders which is a combined distance of 300km. The University of Liverpool’s Neuro Society had a very successful evening too, raising money for us with their wonderful talent show. If you or your friends are looking to do a sponsored run, we have lots of those to choose from.
What will your funds achieve?
We are constantly growing as a charity and trying our best to help as many people as possible. As we help our service users in many diverse ways the money you raise for us will go towards expanding the areas we already help in like the Info and Advice team, Welfare Benefits, Carers Advocacy and Employment Support, as well as assisting to us to develop new strands of the organisation – such as helping us to extend our services to include children and young adults as part of our beneficiaries.
When and where can you fundraise for us?
There’s nowhere too crazy to fundraise, well maybe there is, but the places you can fundraise are almost limitless. If you quit smoking and donate what you would be spending on cigarettes you are pretty much fundraising everywhere you go. If you have a particular event like a cake sale why not do it at your work place? Or, if you are still a student, your university or school? In terms of where you collect the funds you are raising you can send it on to us by post or keep track of it on a Just Giving Page and if you link it with our Just Giving page we can see how you are doing and can help publicise the great event you’ve got coming up.
What else you need to know
If for whatever reason you are unable to organise a fundraising event, but would still like to contribute to The Brain Charity, we would love for you to donate your time to us by volunteering or giving a monetary contribution. If these are too much of a commitment at the moment, but you would still like to stay up-to-date with our activities, please feel free to sign up to our newsletter.
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