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  • Watch the brainstrust Lifeline appeal on the BBC. 

    On Sunday, we're on the BBC, telling the world what life is like when you're living with a brain tumour, and raising funds to help more people.


    Our Christmas appeal features Phoebe and Chris, members of the brainstrust community, and is presented by Julia Somerville, a TV presenter who had a brain tumour and was successfully treated.


    The programme will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 11th December at 2:45pm. For more information visit



    Meet Phoebe and find out how she's making new friends

    Phoebe is six years old and loves drawing and music. Phoebe had an operation to remove a malignant brain tumour in 2015.


    Since the operation, Phoebe and her mum Rachel have found ways to talk about it. She says: “I'm a happy person, even when we go through hard things. It was a big lump inside my...

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    Category: Charity News | Published: 8 December 2016
  • A fantastic weekend of festive fundraising

    It's been a fantastic weekend of fundraising for brainstrust. Thousands of runners dressed as Santa descended on London's Victoria Park for the Santa Run 2016.



    Our team of runners ran 5km or 10km, raising more than £700 to help people living with brain cancer.


    It was also a great opportunity to raise awareness of our work and how we help people with a brain tumour and their families to feel less afraid and more in control. Jill, our support specialist in London, and Kathryn, our community fundraiser, were there to cheer on the runners, and explain more about what we do.



    In the North, we were also getting into the festive spirit, attending two Christmas markets. The first was in Buxton on Saturday, followed by the Otley Victorian Christmas Market on Sunday. We raised around £600.  



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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 6 December 2016
  • Friends are important, especially when you're living with a brain tumour

    This Christmas, say thank you to a friend who's made a difference on your cancer journey. 

    Who has been there for you? Who has supported you? Who has made you smile? 


    Christmas is the perfect time to say thank you. Share this post and tag a friend who's been there for you.


    Friends are important. We know.


    We explore some special friendships in our upcoming BBC appeal. Visit to find out more.




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    Category: Charity News | Published: 5 December 2016
  • Helping you to understand the brain cancer journey


    Our Patient Guide is a resource to help people living with a brain tumour, and their caregivers better understand the brain cancer journey. It explains what you can expect at each stage, the key questions that you should be asking, and what resources exist that can help you.



    We want to make sure you have the best resources available, so we are actively engaging with the review of the NICE guidelines for brain tumours. NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. It does this by:


    • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.


    • Developing quality standards for those providing and commissionig health, public health and social care...

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    Category: Research News | Published: 23 November 2016
  • Join team brainstrust for the London or Liverpool Santa Run 2016


    Join thousands of Santas this December at the Liverpool or London Santa Dash and help people living with a brain tumour.

    It doesn't matter if you run, jog or walk, because this event is all about the taking part and helping people living with brain cancer.

    Taking place on Sunday 4th December, the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is set to bring a flash of red (and blue), as well as Christmas cheer to the city of Liverpool with around 8,000 Santas taking on the running challenge. It promises to be perfect for all the family with a ‘mini dash’ on the same day.


    In London, choose from a 5km or 10km route. There's also a 200m fun run for the under 8s.


    Join in the festive fun and make a difference to the lives of people who are living with brain cancer, helping them to feel less alone, less afraid and more in control in the face of a devastating...

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    Category: Fundraising News | Published: 18 November 2016
  • Expanding our national service with a team in the North

    To help more people with a brain tumour and their caregivers across the North of England we've established a Leeds office and expanded our team.


    Will Jones, our recently-appointed chief executive, is joined by four new employees, all based in the Leeds city centre office. 



    Expanding our brain tumour community

    This is an exciting milestone for brainstrust as we expand our brain tumour community, bringing regional focus to our national service.

    It means we can help more people who are living with a brain tumour, providing coaching-led cancer support round-the-clock.




    Meet the team in the North of England


    Michael White, Fundraising and Volunteer Manager


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    Category: Brain News | Published: 16 November 2016

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