Thornbury charity needs you to sparkle
A THORNBURY charity is calling on people to add some sparkle to their day - and help it raise some much-needed funds.
Brain Tumour Support is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to supporting the more than 100,000 patients and families affected by any type of brain tumour.
It is calling on people to break out their sequins, glitter and shiny things to dress up and stage events for Sparkle Up Your Day on October 1.
The charity is looking for people to glam themselves and even their pets up, then hold events from cake sales and coffee mornings to park runs and Prosecco evenings to raise donations for its work.
Brain Tumour Support provides individualised and specialist information, guidance and emotional support at any point from diagnosis onwards, for as long as it is needed, to people with brain tumours and their families.
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other type of cancer.
The charity receives no statutory funding or major sponsorship for its work.
It saw its income plunge during lockdown, had to let staff go and move from its High Street offices to a smaller site in Bristol Road.
With restrictions now eased, Sparkle Up Your Day is a chance for individuals and businesses to organise events to help the charity build back.
Brain Tumour Support's celebrity ambassadors, including Rockhampton-born presenter Joel Dommett and his wife, model Hannah Cooper, are calling for people to join in.
They said: “We love the idea of Sparkle Up Your Day. Everyone needs something sparkly in their life, and what better way to support the amazing work that Brain Tumour Support does?
“We know first-hand just how valuable and needed the services that Brain Tumour Support provide are.
"But the charity desperately needs the funds to be able to reach out to the many people who currently lack any support.”
Tina Mitchell Skinner, who founded the charity 18 years ago after she lost her husband to a brain tumour, said: "The Sparkle campaign is a great opportunity to really let your imagination run riot. Whether you get friends round for tea and sparkly cakes, dress up for a walk or run, get your pets involved, or anything else, you’ll be having fun and raising essential funds for Brain Tumour Support.”
To find out more visit the website braintumoursupport.co.uk/sparkle or call 01454 414355.