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  • brainstrust story teller needed - 12 month paid internship

    Do you believe in brain tumour support like we do? Are you looking to embark on a career in writing and/or marketing? Then we may have just the opportunity for you...

    This is very exciting. We are looking for someone to be brainstrust's very own writer and story-teller for 12 months. This is a new role. It's a paid internship and the work will be vital in helping us to reach new audiences and generate greater understanding of our work with those that already know about us. No experience is required, but unbound enthusiasm, and a keen interest in writing and marketing is important.

    For all the info, please click here

    But please be quick - the clock is ticking! 


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    Category: Charity News | Published: 24 October 2014
  • A milestone in brain tumour research: the UK’s first national networked brain tumour tissue archive.

    A new collaboration announced today gives unprecedented access to over 400,000 brain tumour tissue samples for research.


    This initiative, called the Brain Tumour Archive Network, will unlock thousands of previously hard to access brain tumour samples for researchers throughout the UK.

    brain tumour tissue bank, slide showing cancerous cells
    Helping the clinical community to access more brain tumours for more research

    Creation of the network is being led by brainstrust and supported by a wider group of brain tumour charities including Charlie’s Challenge, Brain Tumour Research and umbrella group Sophie’s Wish. BRAIN UK, operating at the University of Southampton, will link existing archives of brain tumour tissue in a virtual network so that researchers can gain access to unprecedented levels of tissue to support their much needed research into better treatments and a cure for brain cancer.

    An exciting collaboration between Brain Tumour Charities, Societies, Universities and 27 Hospitals

    BRAIN UK is run as a...

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    Category: Research News | Published: 7 October 2014
  • National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2014 - what does this tell us about brain tumour care?

    The results of the 2014 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey have just been published. The good news? Overall, cancer patients have a good patient experience. This is largely down to having a designated clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in charge of their care.

    Brain tumour patients are the most engaged with research


    We’re also thrilled that brain cancer patients are coming out tops for being involved in discussions about research (the scores ranged from 37% (brain/CNS and haematological cancers) to 14% (urological cancer)); and actually taking part in research (the scores ranged from 75% (brain/CNS) to 58% (lung, prostate and urological cancers)). Hurray, you guys, for leading the way!


    Poor experience of brain tumour care

    Brain tumour patients gave lower scores than any other cancer patients in a few areas, including: receiving understandable results; having things explained to family members; getting good support from the GP; having a team of healthcare professionals who work well together. Indeed, Only 55% of patients said the staff at their general practice definitely did everything...

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    Category: Research News | Published: 25 September 2014
  • Simon and Duncan race the clock to Paris for people with a brain tumour, raising over £5000

    On Saturday Simon Wayne and Duncan Aitchison are taking on the challenge of a life time as they cycle from London to Paris in under 24 hours.

    Racing against the clock, they will ride relentlessly to reach centre of Paris to raise funds for our work to help people with a braiSimon and Duncan take on London to Paris in 24 hours for brain tumour supportn tumour. Simon says, 'brainstrust is providing invaluable help as both my Sister, Caroline and stepson, Liam have been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Without brainstrust's support I have little doubt that we wouldn't be receiving the care that we are today. Riding through the night (and the following day!) seems like a small challenge compared to what people have to go through once they are told they have a brain tumour. It's the least we can do.'

    Training has gone well, and the amazing news is that once Gift Aid is taken into account, Simon and Duncan have now raised over £5000. What a result!

    You can check out their fundraising, and sponsor Simon and Duncan here, 

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 4 September 2014
  • Edinburgh researcher, Julia Day, to run 60 miles to the Commonwealth Games to help people with a brain tumour

    On Thursday 31 July, Clinical Researcher Julia Day will be running an ultra-marathon – 60 miles from her home in Edinburgh to Glasgow to watch the boxing finals at the Commonwealth Games.


    Julia will be joined by her boyfriend Roan, and they will be raising money for brainstrust and our work to help people with a brain tumour in Scotland. Julia, a Clinical Researcher in psychology based at the University of Edinburgh, is closely involved in brainstrust’s work.


    This will be a huge challenge as neither Julia nor Roan have run more than a half marathon, but they are both determined to complete the run – or miss the boxing finals!


    Julia says: People living with a brain or spinal cord tumour often experience physical, cognitive, psychological, mood and seizure related problems following treatment. The transitions that occur following treatment to regain a sense of normality and to improve quality of life are hard, and patients often feel they haven't received enough information, support or help. We are working with brainstrust to improve the protocols and pathways of referral for patients with a brain or spinal cord tumour for patients to receive the support and care they need. We are raising money...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 30 July 2014
  • Liz is a Cross Solent Swimmer for brain tumour support

    Congratulations to Liz Eldrige who has just swum across the Solent! And of course also to Stan Holloway for swimming both ways in 1:25:08 to Robbie Phillips 43:50 to Neil Phillips 45:59 with Liz being a brilliant 48:56.

    Liz Eldridge swims the solent for brainstrust brain tumour support

    04.30 alarm call, set off from Pitts at 05.00, with Stan leaving Colwell Bay at 05.45. Liz, Neil and Robbie joined Stan at 06.30 from Hursts after Stan did first leg in 42:54. Perfect conditions, light airs and the sun came out. On the way over to Colwell Liz's lucky Barn Owl arranged a fly past and during the swim a seal popped its head above water to say hello to the Mad M & M's in their assorted coloured hats!

    Thanks to Darcy Muncer and Rhys Hunt our Kayakers who planned route, tides and safety, to Pete Summerhayes for being Rib Meister and also to Tom Davis and Gill Davis aboard the Mother Ship - Middle Watch for fending off cruisers and other passing vessels.

    We are all very proud of Liz and we know her Dad and Jan are too! Thanks to friends for support ashore and to all of...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 17 July 2014

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