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DeckLog 51: November 2013

Look! Charity cards where 100% goes to charity...

Dear DeckLogger,

There's no dressing this up I'm afraid - we really would like you to buy some Christmas cards from brainstrust this year.

We love how the 2013 range looks (we're buying them ourselves) and selling Christmas cards is a very efficient way for us to raise funds.

Because our cards are sponsored by companies that like us, we can use every penny raised to provide brain tumour help and support across the UK.

At a time when it is believed by retailers that 10% of the proceeds of Christmas card sales is an acceptable amount to pass on to charitable causes in order to label their cards as 'charity Christmas cards' (click here to read more on this), we are proud to be able to say that every penny you spend on your cards, we will spend on helping people battling a brain tumour.

So please, take a look at the cards here, and buy in the knowledge that you are getting a job done early and supporting a vital cause in an efficient way. 

Thank you so much, and apologies for the sales pitch!

Helen, Will and all the brainstrust team x

What care should you expect as a brain tumour patient? Check out the new brain tumour patient guide.

Thanks to your support brainstrust has been able to publish the first comprehensive, easy to understand guide to the adult brain tumour care pathway.

This will help people know what to expect and to feel more in control on their journey.

Written alongside esteemed clinicians and expert patients and carers, and in accordance with NHS England's Information Standard, this guide will prove invaluable to people on the bewildering journey that comes with having a brain tumour.

The guide is based on the NHS and National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) 2006 Improving Outcomes Guidance (or IOG) and will help brain tumour patients and carers understand:

  • What happens at each point in the brain tumour pathway (i.e. diagnosis, treatment, follow up care).
  • What the optimum standard of care is (according to the NHS and the IOG) at each point of the pathway.
  • What else brainstrust thinks you can expect – to help you make the most of the resources around you.
  • Suggested questions you can ask clinicians 
  • What brainstrust can do to help.



brain tumour patient and carer guide