Raising money to make a difference
Less than 2% of government funding for brain tumour medical research goes into surgical discipline. Join our upcoming fundraising events and find out how our recent fundraisers have helped make a difference for brain tumour patients across the UK.
Hip Hip Soirée
7-8:30pm Saturday 8th May
We are delighted to invite you to our virtual cocktail event: the Hip Hip Soirée! Inspiring conversations, fun auctions, irresistible cocktails, and delicious savoury treats, all for you to experience in the comfort of your
own home! Tickets include cocktails and goodies for 2 people!
The nation's watering holes may be shuttered for a little while longer, but fear not! - as we all anticipate celebrating their re-opening, we have collaborated with one of the world's best-known cocktail experts and two stellar chefs to provide you with the perfect aperitivo, alongside the chance to snap up some amazing lots in our online auction.
Your cocktail for the night is a bespoke creation from Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan, the brains behind a string of trailblazing cocktail bars around the world. His bars have won numerous awards, and Mr Lyan himself was named Time Out's "Person of the Decade" last year.
His "Kingroni" is a tribute both to the classic Italian Negroni and to the life and interests of John King, the man who inspired our charity. There is Campari (of course), there is a gentle smokiness from Caol Ila's malt whisky, made on Islay
Featuring Cocktails Master Mr Lyan
(John loved an occasional cigar), and flowery and herbal notes both from London Vermouth and from a sprig of lemon thyme, referencing John's notes both from London Vermouth and from a sprig of lemon thyme, referencing John's love of gardening; and, as a nod to John the golfer, a dash of kümmel, the aristocratic liqueur so renowned for steadying nerves on the green that it is commonly known as "putting mixture". Serve it neat on the rocks, or - if you must! - as a long drink with soda or tonic.
The Italian theme continues with our cocktail treats. Giorgio Locatelli, padrone of the Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli, crafts exquisite grissini - breadsticks - from the finest Italian flour and a generous grating of Parmigiano Reggiano. Normally seen protruding from his restaurant's legendary bread baskets, Giorgio has made and packed his grissini especially for us.
And Jacob Kenedy, chef/proprietor of Soho's much-loved Bocca di Lupo, has made caponata for us. A classic Sicilian blend of fried aubergines, celery, capers and olive oil, sharpened with wine vinegar, it is perfect either as an aperitivo, mopped up with crusty bread, or as a side dish with grilled fish.
UK’s acclaimed ‘King Of Pop Ups’ Jimmy Garcia has made delicious rosemary and tomato focaccia and a mini artisan charcuterie platter of lomo, jamon and chorizo for each box.
Other treats in our boxes include savoury biscuits from The Drinks Bakery, awarded "Best Indulgent Snack" at the 2021 World Food Innovation Awards; another brace of bracing cocktails-in-a-can, courtesy of Marks & Spencer; and - as a delicious and suitably Italian finale - a taste of Amedei's Tuscan Black chocolate, probably the best chocolate in the world.
As you sip and nibble your bespoke cocktails and snacks, you can place bids on some awesome auction prizes: a personalised caviar tasting with Laura King, perhaps, or a unique sculpture by renowned artist Emma Rodgers, or maybe a walk with the Elephants at Woburn: with bespoke tailored shirts on offer, as well as personal beauty treatments, we have something for everyone. We'll also hear from some of our VIP supporters, and there will be plenty of music to make sure the evening goes with a swing.
We do hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun evening. As you already know, it's for an amazing cause.
Ticket price: £75 (per hamper which serves 2 persons) | Venue: Your home
Event time: 7:00 - 8:30pm, Saturday 8th May | Dress code: top half glam, bottom half anything!
JKBTF Charity Golf Day 2021
Friday 6th August, Woburn Golf Club
Taking place on the stunning Marquess Course at Woburn Golf Club, the day will commence with a Stableford competition with teams of four in a shotgun start.
The evening will include a three-course dinner from the acclaimed Woburn hospitality team, prize-giving for all competitions won throughout the day, and the event will close with an auction offering various exclusive items.
09:00: Registration and breakfast with tea/coffee and bacon rolls
09:45: Pyramid Balls
11:00: Welcome and briefing
11:30: 18-hole (shotgun start)
18:00: Three-course dinner , guest speaker and Auction in aid of John King Brain Tumour Foundation
Teams of four can be entered at a cost of £780 per team
Individuals and groups of less than four can be entered at a cost of £195 per person and will be put into a team of four for the event
All entries include buggies for the day
Our Previous Fundraisers
Virtual "Gala in your Parlour" Dinner
Saturday 17th October 2020
Our first virtual fundraising event "Gala in Your Parlour" raises an incredible £72,000!
On Saturday 17th October, over 130 guests joined us for a virtual night of gourmet food, fine wines, and lots of other delicious goodies, hosted by Chef and TV personality Brian Turner CBE.
Our guests enjoyed a Michelin-starred feast delivered directly to their door!
The banquet began with a lightly-smoked tranche of salmon, matched with a quenelle of tangy horseradish cream and a luxurious spoonful of caviar. Designed by John Williams MBE, Executive Chef of The Ritz Hotel, the salmon came from the celebrated Severn & Wye Smokery, while the Imperial caviar had been especially selected by Kings Fine Food to complement Chef Williams' dish.
The main course was a sumptuous boeuf à la bourguignonne, made according to celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE's classic recipe. Garnished with radically seasonal produce from Natoora including baby onions, button mushrooms turned Carrots, Swede and crisp lardons of pancetta, it featured Glenarm Shorthorn beef from the award-winning Hannan Meats, dry-aged in their Himalayan salt chamber.
For dessert, our executive chef Jimmy Garcia created an "Edible Garden", using the finest Amedei Chocolate from Tuscany. Dinner concluded with a superb British cheese board from the family-run Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses in Lancashire.
Guests were also treated to a gourmet box containing the finest chocolates from Rococo, the world's highest-scoring artisan coffee from the Difference Coffee Company, bottles of white and red wine from Accolade Wines to complement their meals, two delicious pre-mixed cocktail spritzes from Pedrino, and miniatures of Tarsier and Sipsmith Gin.
We enjoyed amazing musical performances from Professor Dan Reinstein on Saxophone and renowned Classical Guitarist, Andrew Keeping performed the beautiful theme from The Deer Hunter, Cavatina. You can view all the highlights and performances from the evening HERE.
The dress code for the evening was : Top half chic and elegant, bottom half whatever you like (one guest even had a tuxedo top half and salmon pink shorts on his bottom half!)
“Our aim was to channel the goodwill and camaraderie from our previous events by designing an unforgettable evening full of great entertainment, superb food and a stellar online auction and we’re delighted that the evening was a great success.
The fundraising from the evening means that not only can we now purchase another state of the art Microscope for the Neurosurgical team at St. Georges but we also have funds left to start planning our next project which is to create a garden for ICU patients and their families, a haven away from the busy wards and a place where the nursing staff can take patients down to exercise and breath in fresh air which will aid their recovery.”
- Laura & Holly King
JKBTF Kilimanjaro Trek 2020
From Thursday 27th February 2020 - Sunday 8th March 2020
Congratulations Team Kilimanjaro!
Our sincere thanks to:
Holly King, Laura Hutcheson, Ed Vokes, Amber Chaze, Allesandra Pasian, John Pasian, Sarah Hercock, Ben Rice, Jennifer Walklate, Josh Howell
Our amazing team has raised an incredible £28,000!
We are all so proud of this amazing team who battled hyperthermia, freak snow storms and winds of 80 miles an hour on Kilimanjaro to raise an incredible £28,000 for the John King Brain Tumour Foundation. They are all complete superstars and have achieved 100 times more than most who have climbed this iconic mountain.
After months of training and preparation, the team were finally in Tanzania and eager to start trekking the 5,895 metres to the summit.
Day one saw scorching 30 degrees heat but on day two, half way along a six hour trek a freak snow storm hit the group, but they had no choice but to keep going to the next camp through the snow, ice and freezing temperatures as well as high winds and altitude sickness, it really did take every ounce of strength for them to keep going.
As the days went on the weather conditions didn’t improve and on the last day just before reaching the summit, their expedition leader Dr David Davies told them that the conditions were now life threatening and he had to get them off the mountain urgently as to continue would mean no hope of rescue as the weather escalated.
Back on terra firmer, the team were exhausted , on their hands and knees and emotional from what was an extremely challenging and life-threatening experience, but they were also so proud of what they had just achieved as individuals and as a team.
On reflection the team have said that it was a real life changing experience as well as being the most challenging thing they have ever done . I know their stories will carry on for many years and they will never forget their time on the mountain.
“I can’t thank you all enough for your generosity and support. It means so much to me and your donations will make such a big difference to those suffering with Brain Disease, Brain Tumours and Brain Injury.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was a life changing experience and one that I will never forget. Although I was not able to summit due to the horrific weather conditions we faced at 5,500 meters, I thought of you all every step of the way. Every time I said to myself ‘ one foot in front of the other’ I knew I was getting closer and closer to the top which was for me the closest to heaven and my dad I would ever be.
I took some of my dad’s ashes to scatter at the summit but ended up scattering them at the most beautiful spot in view of Kilimanjaro. Thank you all so much again for your love and support and I can’t wait to see all we raised go towards much needed equipment for St Georges hospital.”
- Holly King
Check out Holly King's daily trekking vlog below!
An Evening with Henry Marsh CBE and Dr Rachel Clarke
26th February, The Drawing Room, Fortnum and Mason
Henry Marsh CBE
Dr Rachel Clarke
We were delighted to welcome over 60 guests to our exclusive ‘ An Evening With Henry Marsh CBE and Dr Rachel Clarke in support of the John King Brain Tumour Foundation’ at Fortnum and Mason
For one night only guests got to hear Henry speak candidly about success and failure and what it feels like to slice through the matter that creates thoughts, dreams and memories and also hear from Rachel who explores love, loss, grief and dying and what really matters at the end of life. The evening concluded with an extended Q & A , where guests got to ask our speakers those burning questions about life and death.
Charity Skydive Event
20th October 2019 at Headcorn Aerodrome
Skydivers jump to it to raise £10,000 for the neurosurgical department at St. George’s Hospital, Atkinson Morley Wing.
A team of 9 made a leap of faith as aerial dare-devils in the first skydive in aid of the John King Brain Tumour Foundation.
The group took the plunge from 12,000 ft above the Kent countryside free falling at 120mph, each in tandem with an instructor from Jump Headcorn, raising more than £10,000
John King’s wife Laura who is Chair of the charity said:
“The Team Skydive event was absolutely brilliant. I was delighted to be joined on the jump by 8 people so dedicated to helping us that they gave up their rest day to skydive out of a plane at 12,000ft is just incredible, and between us we have raised more than £10,000 in sponsorship. That is just amazing."
St.George's staff members, Mary Normile, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Neuro-Oncology and Ian BickertonTeam leader neurosurgical theatres bravely participated in the skydive. “ We were delighted to be able to support the John King Brain Tumour Foundation and help raise funds towards a new microscope. We see first-hand the difference the state of the art surgical microscopes make to the quality of patient care. It has far exceeded expectations, enabling our surgeons to operate in ways they could once only dream of. To continue to offer this high standard of care for more patients additional microscopes of advanced calibre are required.”