Fundraising news

August 2019

It's already been an eventful summer for Brain Research UK supporters, who have been busy raising funds to support vital brain research. 

The Mongol Rally

Good luck to Gus Johnson and girlfriend Lissy Garland, who have hit the road in a battered old 1.2l Fiat Panda, headed for Ulan-Ude in Russia!

Travelling over 9,000 miles in six weeks, through southern Europe, across the Caspian Sea, and on through the deserts of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, the car and its two occupants will be challenged to the max on dirt tracks in 40 degree heat, travelling on average 300 miles a day and aiming to raise £4,000 to share between Brain Research UK and Cool Earth. 

Safe travels Gus and Lissy! 

Memory Walk for Mandy

Mandy Scott died from sporadic CJD in 2016.

In 2017 her daughter Tasha organised a Memory Walk, to remember Mandy and to raise money for brain research. This has now turned into an annual event. 


Around 40 people joined Tasha for this year’s walk, to share a special day, remembering Mandy and raising money for Brain Research UK.

Tasha has now raised almost £6,000 through these special events in memory of her mum.

Sally Ann Blackmore’s piano recital

Sally Ann Blackmore lost her father to the brain tumour glioblastoma.

To raise money to support research into this devastating tumour, Sally this year organised a second Piano Recital in her family’s beautifully renovated barn at their Suffolk home.

Guests enjoyed champagne and canapes prior to superb performances by internationally acclaimed musician siblings – David (piano) and Joanna (violin) Quigley. Local artist Alfie Carpenter donated a share of the proceeds from paintings sold during the evening.

Brain Research UK Head of Fundraising, Pippa Ball, was delighted to join the other 60 guests on the night: “It was a privilege to join Sally and her family, friends and colleagues at this wonderful evening of music, to remember her father and raise funds for much-needed research into brain tumours.”

Fundraising for brain research

We rely on the amazing efforts of people like Gus, Lissy, Tasha and Sally to enable us to continue to fund vital brain research. Please get in touch if you would also like to do something amazing for brain research! 

Find out about the brain research we are currently funding.