15 Apr 2014

Spanish steps for fundraising runners

Christina Brigati and Brandon Carroll 

This spring, fundraisers Christina Brigati and Brandon Carroll put their best foot forward in the 36th Barcelona marathon.

Setting off from the green hills of Montjuic Park, the runners raced through the historic city on a speedy sightseeing tour, ticking off Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia and Camp Nu (home to FC Barcelona) along the way.

Their Spanish steps, on the 16th of March, raised more than £700 for Something on the Brain – an awareness charity striving to change the way people think about Epilepsy.

A far-reaching condition

A neurological condition that affects the brain or nervous system, epilepsy is where seizures are caused by excessive activity of neurons in the brain.

It is estimated that epilepsy affects more than 65 million people worldwide (more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's combined).

Raising awareness of Epilepsy

The charity’s mission is to spread awareness of epilepsy and promote the life-saving STAR technique. One innovative campaign is taking the message onto the streets and into schools and university, using their ‘speaking out Mike’.

Anne-Marie Kruk, founder of SOTB, explains: “The microphone represents breaking down those barriers. As such, everywhere I go I try to get pictures of people with the microphone, and it is a great conversation starter. People immediately ask what the microphone is for, so it helps to spread awareness.”

Maximising donations through MyDonate

Anne-Marie said: “I chose MyDonate to support the charity’s fundraising because I was really impressed by the fact that MyDonate goes out of its way to ensure that charities receive the maximum amount possible from donations. It is a great website, easy to use and features interesting stories about fundraisers and the charities they are supporting.”

Learn more about Epilepsy on the charity’s website

Donate here: Christina’s fundraising page and Brandon’s fundraising page

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