Bristol-based health insurer BCWA has donated £5,000 to local charity Hammer Out to help provide additional support for people in the South West affected by brain tumours.
Hammer Out, based in Thornbury, was founded by Tina Mitchell, who lost her husband Paul to brain cancer in 2003. The charity was named Hammer Out, as Paul was an avid supporter of West Ham United football club, which is also known as 'The Hammers'.
Hammer Out works closely with a variety of support services, including Bristol Oncology Centre, to provide families with the practical support they need when dealing with a loved one suffering from a brain tumour. The charity runs support groups in Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Cheltenham, which provide help to over 47 families in the region as well as working to raise awareness and fund research in to the disease.
The charity plans to use BCWA's donation to help fund a full-time pediatric neuro-oncology nurse who will work specifically for Hammer Out.
"We are very grateful to BCWA for its generous donation. Hammer Out is a small, regional charity and without companies such as BCWA we would be unable to provide the level of support families in the South West need," explains Tina.
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