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.
JKBTF Kilimanjaro Trek 2020
From Thursday 27th February 2020 - Sunday 8th March 2020
Sponsor Holly King and her team of supporters as they climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds the Neurosurgical Team at St.George's Hospital!
"The John King Brain Tumour Foundation was set up in memory of my dad John King, and on the 27th February 2020, I am taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with nine other amazing supporters to support this wonderful charity. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, standing at 4,900 metres (16,100 feet) from its base, over 5.895 meters (19,341 feet) from sea level.
The planned trek is via the Lomosho Route and will take 8 days on the mountain. We've selected this route to (hopefully) avoid altitude sickness and to have the best chance of reaching the summit!
It would be wonderful if you could consider sponsoring me as with your generous support, we can make a real impact on fighting brain diseases, neurological disorders and brain injuries. Your support will make a difference -now and for generations to come."
- Holly King, JKBTF Trustee
Charity Golf Day 2020
Wednesday 10th June, Woburn Golf Club
Join our third annual golfing event at 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 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 the 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.
An Evening with Henry Marsh CBE and Dr Rachel Clarke
Wednesday 26th February, 18:30 - 21:30, The Drawing Room, Fortnum and Mason
A captivating storyteller, Henry Marsh CBE is a leading British neurosurgeon who speaks candidly about success and failure and what it feels like to slice through the matter that creates thought, dreams and memories.
Henry has supported and worked extensively with neurosurgeons in the former Soviet Union, mainly in Ukraine, to modernise neurosurgery there, along Western lines.
He pioneered brain surgery under local anaesthetic allowing patients to converse with their surgeons whilst they operate, minimising the risk of damaging 'eloquent' parts of the brain. His career as a neurosurgeon has taught him most about his own fallibility and self-deception. We all make mistakes but the consequences of a neurosurgeon’s mistakes can be so terrible that many surgeons develop all manner of defensive psychological strategies in order to continue working.
Dr Rachel Clarke specialises in palliative medicine, helping patients live the end of their lives as fully and richly as possible. She believes in the power of human stories to build empathy and inspire change.
Her first book, the Sunday Times bestselling Your Life in My Hands, reveals what life is like for a junior doctor on the NHS frontline. Her new memoir Dear Life is based on her work in a hospice. It explores love, loss, grief, dying and what really matters at the end of life.
Tickets: £50 per person
Including Champagne and Canapè Reception
Our Previous Fundraisers
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.”