A Charity that supports brain tumour patients in Shropshire and across the UK is appealing for the local community to get involved in a fundraising day on 20th September.

Brain Tumour Support, a charity that runs a monthly Support Group in Shrewsbury, is asking for local groups, companies and communities to get involved with “Sparkle up your day” – a fundraising day that involves people bringing a bit of sparkle into their day and donating to Brain Tumour Support.

“Whether it’s edible glitter on some cupcakes, wearing something sparkly to work or sticking glitter in your beard, we want everyone to get involved, get together, and donate,” says Tina Mitchell Skinner, who set up the charity 16 years ago after losing her husband to a brain tumour. “Demand for our services is constantly growing and we urgently need to help more brain tumour patients and their families. Our charity relies entirely on donations and we hope that the people of Shrewsbury will get behind our campaign and help us achieve our vision that no-one should feel alone when facing a brain tumour diagnosis.”

There are currently more than 100,000 people in the UK living with a brain tumour. The effects of a brain tumour diagnosis can be devastating to the patients and everyone around them. Patients often lose their job, their driving licence and their independence. A brain tumour can also affect a patient’s personality and can cause depression and anxiety. While friends and family will do their best to help, many patients rely on help such as the support groups, counselling and on-line and telephone support offered by the charity Brain Tumour Support.

The charity hopes that local schools, companies, community groups and individuals will come up with unique ways of sparkling up their day. “We’ve already got some bank employees saying they will wear sparkly sarees to work; a toddler group that is having a special sparkly play day and schools that will let pupils wear something sparkly instead of school uniform,” said Mrs Mitchell Skinner. “Anyone wanting to get involved can contact our Fundraising Team for ideas or help with their event.”

Please visit www.braintumoursupport.co.uk/sparkle to find out more information or contact the Fundraising Team on 01454 422705 or fundraising@braintumoursupport.co.uk