Bandana for Brain Tumours
Martin and Bibby colleagues don bandanas for charity
IT worker now preparing for Great Wall of China trek
Oxfordshire based Bibby Financial Services staff raised money for the Brain Tumour Charity earlier this month by taking part in the ‘Bandanas For Brain Tumours’ campaign.
Staff based at the specialist funder’s headquarters in Banbury raised over £200 for the charity through donations on 7 March. The event was organised by Technical Architect, Martin Boor, who – prior to joining the company - spent two years off work with a pituitary tumour at the base of his brain.
The tumour caused a rare condition called Cushing’s disease which is associated with prolonged exposure to inappropriately high levels of the hormone cortisol. According to Brain Tumour Research, only 18.8 per cent of people diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years and 16,000 people are diagnosed each year.
Martin said: “I am now almost fully recovered and in a position to attempt, in some small way, to give back to the people who have been instrumental in developing the research so people like me survive.
“I’m delighted that so many of my co-workers joined in and donated for what is a very worthy cause”, he added.
Martin is now preparing for a trek of the Great Wall of China in October as part of the funder’s ‘Giving Something Back’ scheme, which last year raised £1.1million for 235 employee chosen charities.
Martin added: “We’re really proud of our charity programmes at Bibby financial Services and fundraising frequently takes place in our offices to raise money for a variety of charities.
Martin concluded: “Brain tumours receive less than one per cent of the national spend on cancer research so we desperately need to get these figures up. My target for the Great Wall of China trip is £1,700 and the total will go to the Brain Tumour Charity”.
To sponsor Martin on his Great Wall of China trek, visit: http://www.sponsorme.co.uk/martinbloor/china-great-wall-trek.aspx.