How you can help

Brain Research UK is the ONLY UK charity dedicated to promoting and funding research into the causes, treatment, prevention and cure of neurological conditions, at centres of excellence throughout the UK and further afield.

We do not receive any funding from government and are dependent on the generosity of our supporters to fund vital research.

There are many ways you can help us – spread the word, make a one-off donation, start a Direct Debit, do your own fundraising, include a gift in your Will or volunteer for research.   There is something for everyone.

Spread the word

Spread the word about Brain Research UK and about how vital research is if we are  to improve the lives of the many millions of people who suffer from a neurological condition.

Tell everyone you know that one in every six people in the UK has an injury or disorder of the brain or nervous system which affects their lives and that of their families and friends to a greater or lesser extent.    Head and spine injuries, nerve damage, brain tumour, dementia, migraine, epilepsy, meningitis, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, progressive supranuclear palsy……..the list goes on and on.  Yet research into these conditions is grossly underfunded compared to other disease areas.

There is little difference between the human heart, lungs, liver or kidneys and those of other animals.  Research into disorders affecting these organs is health related only.  The thing that distinguishes humans from animals is our brain because it hosts our personality, feelings and consciousness.  Injury and disorders of the brain often affect these aspects (as well as memory, emotions, social interaction, thinking and understanding and much more) with devastating consequences for the patient and those close to them.  This makes research into the brain and nervous system different from that into other organs.   So far science has only scratched the surface in terms of developing our understanding of the workings of the brain and nervous system and how it is affected by injury and disorders.  This has to change – so please spread the word any way you can – our work is vital to make a difference to the millions of people, young and old, whose lives are affected by a neurological condition.

Make a donation

By making a donation to Brain Research UK you are helping to fund vital research.  With your help we really can make a difference.

 are giving can be one of the most tax effective ways to give money to us.

Give by post

If you prefer to donate by post, please send a cheque payable to ‘Brain Research UK’ to:

Brain Research UK, PO Box 280, Oxon, OX11 1DU.

Share giving can be one of the most tax effective ways to give money to us.


Give regularly

Regular giving is vitally important as it enables us to plan more effectively for the future and to fund research programmes that are dependent on long-term commitment.

You can give on a regular basis by:


Standing order

Donating a regular amount by Standing Order lowers our administration costs and saves you having to remember every week, month or quarter to send us a cheque.

The amount you give is up to you and for your convenience payments are automatically transferred from your bank or building society on the date(s) of your choosing.

If you would like to set up a Standing Order please download and complete the Standing Order Form and return it to us.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK Taxpayer your gift is worth a whopping 25% more to us if you  ‘Gift aid it’.

The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by individuals who pay UK tax. Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor.

Brain Research UK will take your donation – which is money you’ve already paid tax on – and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its ‘gross’ equivalent – the amount before basic rate tax was deducted.

Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to us.

For donations between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2011 we will also get a separate government supplement of three pence on every pound you give.

If  you would like us to reclaim the tax on your donation please complete a Gift Aid Declaration Form and return it to us.

As a higher rate taxpayer, you are entitled to claim tax relief on your donations, enabling you to reclaim as much as an additional 25p from every £1 donated to charity.

Payroll giving

Payroll giving (also known as Give as You Earn) is one of the most effective ways for people to support a charity of their choice.

When you give to us through your payroll, your donation is taken before tax is deducted.

For example :  If you pledge £10.  You actually pay £7.80.  The taxman will add £2.20
This means that £7.80 per month from your pay packet ends up as a donation worth £10.00 to Brain Research UK, at no extra cost to you.

Some employers also run ‘matched giving’ schemes where they will match or double your gift at no extra cost to you.

Check with your payroll department to see if your company is registered with a payroll giving agency.

If your company is not registered with a payroll giving agency it will cost them nothing to start one.  Contact the Charities Aid Foundation on 01732 520019 or email

Give in memory or in celebration of a loved one

Some of our supporters ask for donations in lieu of flowers, or make a donation on a day that is special to them.

If you would like to give in memory or in celebration of someone, please let us know when you send your donation and we can acknowledge the gift in their honour.

If you would like us to write to a next of kin or other friend or family member, please let us know that too.

It is possible to raise funds for Brain Research UK on Much Loved, This is a tribute website where people can set up memorial pages for friends and loved ones who have passed away.

In a matter of  minutes you can add photographs, stories, music and video clips to your memorial page, totally free of charge.

Give in your will

Leaving a gift to Brain Research UK in your Will today has the potential to change countless lives tomorrow.

Legacies are the largest single source of income to UK charities and are an immensely important way of being able to give and make a difference beyond your lifetime.

A charitable legacy could be a gift of money or of any other assets that you leave behind.

To leave a legacy to Brain Research UK you will need to have a valid will which includes details of the donation.  Your solicitor or professional adviser will be able to tell you more.

Your legacy, large or small, would help us to fund vital research that has the potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for the many millions who suffer from an injury or disorder of the nervous system.

Give shares

Share giving can be one of the most tax effective ways to give money to us.

Please talk to your financial advisor or solicitor if you would like to donate some of your shares.

Share giving can be one of the most tax effective ways to give money to us.

Please talk to your financial adv

Please talk to your financial advisor or solicitor if you would like to donate some of your shares.

Wedding List giving

Our warmest congratulations if you are planning a wedding or a civil partnership.

If you would like your guests to give money to the charity of your choice, alongside or instead of a traditional wedding list there are several ways to do this.

You could set up aJustgiving page and ask your guests to make donations by going to your page.  Or you and they may prefer that they give direct to you and you then send us a cheque for the total amount to be gifted.  Whatever works best for you.

And remember if you  ‘Gift aid it’ your gift will be worth 25% more !


Holding a fundraising event is a great fun way to get your family, friends and colleagues involved.

There are so many options to consider including

sponsored bike rides,

running and walking events,

golf tournaments, other sporting events,

book sales, children’s parties, garden parties, dinner parties, tea parties, pyjama parties ………(all sorts of parties!).

book sales, children’s parties, garden parties, dinner parties, tea parties, pyjama parties ………(all sorts of parties!).

book sales, children’s partbook sales, children’s parties, garden parties, dinner parties, tea parties, pyjama parties ………(all sorts of parties!).ies, garden parties, dinner parties, tea parties, pyjama parties ………(all sorts of parties!).

Coffee mornings, quiz nights, wine tasting evenings, raffles and many more.

You can have lots of fun, meet new people and feel good about supporting vital research.

And don’t forget if you belong to a group like Rotary, Inner Wheel or Townswomen Guild, you can nominate Brain Research UK as the group’s Charity of the Year and encourage your fellow members to fundraise.

For many fundraising activitesJustgiving ( provides you with an easy way to collect donations online.

All you need to do is to go to Justgiving and set up your own page. Write a little bit about yourself, add photos and tell potential sponsors what you are doing, why, and why you believe Brain Research UK deserves support.

Ask your closest friends and family to donate first before you send out an email to your entire list of contacts as an empty page can be a little daunting to potential supporters!

Also, do target who you think will be your most generous supporters first as people tend to match the amounts already listed on the page.

Remember to email family, friends, colleagues but also former colleagues, old school and college friends, fellow members of clubs, churches, and societies.  And encourage everyone to pass the message on to others who might support your chosen charity.

Prospective supporters can sponsor you online atJustgiving using their credit or debit cards, and the best thing is, any Gift Aid is calculated automatically. Justgiving then sends the money to us under your name.

How to send us the proceeds (money!) from your fundraiser

For some fundraising activities you may need to send us the money you have raised.

To do this, first pay any cash donations into your bank then write a cheque for the amount payable to Brain Research UK.

Please do not send cash.

Include any completed sponsorship or donation forms and complete the Gift Aid Declaration so that we can claim Gift Aid adding an extra 25% to the money you have raised.

And do let us know what you did so we can send you a receipt and thank you for all your hard work.

Please send everything to: Brain Research UK, PO Box 280, Oxon, OX11 1DU

Tell us your fundraising stories

We, along with our many supporters want to know all about the fun things you have done to raise money for vital research.  Contact us on 01235 851395 or email your stories to and don’t forget to email us photos too.

Corporate Supporters

We are always interested to talk to potential partners and prospective supporters and offer a personal, professional and flexible approach to ensuring partnerships are tailored to meet corporate objectives.

This guarantees mutually beneficial outcomes, more satisfied supporters and longer-term, sustainable corporate partnerships.

We want our corporate partners to be proud to be associated with Brain Research UK, excited by the impact they can have on neurological conditions that affect so many peoples lives, and impressed by the opportunities, positive recognition and goodwill that their support generates.

As a corporate supporter there are many ways you can help us.  You could:

  • Sponsor and/or participate in one of our events
  • Make a donation
  • Operate a payroll giving scheme
  • Accept us as your charity of the year
  • Donate shares
  • Donate gifts in kind – e.g., raffle prizes

We would be delighted to explore ways of working with your company.

Please contact us on 01235 851395  or email

Volunteer for research

If you would like to volunteer to take part in medical research, please go to for information on which neurological trials are recruiting.

We will also post information on this website about clinical trials looking to recruit volunteers where the lead investigators for those trials have specifically requested our help with recruitment