Brain tumour patients thank baristas for unfailing support
2:34pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
BRAIN tumour sufferers and Thornbury charity workers presented their heartfelt thanks to their favourite baristas for their ongoing support.
Patients Bryony Carr and Alex Gaisford, along with the Hammer Out team, visited Coffee#1 on the High Street to express their gratitude to the coffee shop staff, who launched a three-month bake sale for the Thornbury-based charity.
Until November 2, each time a £1 gingerbread man is sold in the town branch or any of the chain's 34 other shops in the South West and South Wales, a 50p donation will be made to Hammer Out, which supports brain tumour patients and their families, offering practical guidance, emotional help, and treatment information.
Bryony, 35, from Bristol, said Coffee#1's fundraising campaign was invaluable to the charity's work.
In 1996, just before her 18th birthday, doctors detected a tumour on her brain.
Despite a successful operation, she was soon diagnosed with epilepsy. In 1999 the tumour returned, affecting her ability to control the right side of her body.
She said: "Hammer Out is here to provide unfailing support to everyone whose lives are affected by a brain tumour diagnosis and we are very grateful to Coffee#1 for recognising this charity and choosing to support it for three months.
“We would ask everyone to pop along and treat themselves to a gingerbread man between now and November 2 and know that by doing so they are helping many people coping with a brain tumour diagnosis to access support and advice to help them face the future.”
Alex Gaisford, from Colerne in Wiltshire, was diagnosed with the condition two years ago, when he was just 17 years old, ending his dreams of attending university.
“Most people are unaware of brain tumours until it happens to them or a loved one,” Alex said. “Sadly the reality is that every year some 16,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with a brain tumour and anyone can be affected regardless of gender, background or lifestyle.”
Sarah Hill, Coffee#1 brand manager, said: “The excellent and tireless work that Hammer Out has done over the past ten years has made it an indispensable resource for brain tumour patients and their families and Coffee#1 is proud to be able to help support such a worthy cause and those it reaches.”
To find out more about Hammer Out or contact the charity visit www.hammerout.co.uk or call 01454 414355.