Brain and Spine Foundation

Simpson Millar LLP Sponsors the Brain and Spine Foundation

Simpson Millar LLP sponsors the Brain and Spine Foundation's Flora London Marathon 2009 Team

Simpson Millar LLP was the proud sponsor of The Brain and Spine Foundation's Flora London Marathon 2009 Team. The marathon took place in London on 26 April 2009.

Flora London Marathon - Breda Cronin

Breda Cronin an Associate based in our Cardiff office ran the Marathon on behalf of The Brain and Spine Foundation, a charity which provides much needed support to families, carers and individuals affected by neurological disorders.

They support research into the causes and treatments, and also to find ways of supporting the quality of life of people affected by neurological conditions.

Breda Cronin

"After 3 months of training, running the London Marathon on the 26th of April 2009 was an amazing experience, and probably for me, a once in a life time experience. The atmosphere on the day and the support from the crowds really was inspiring and kept us going on that long, hot journey through London. For me, a 1st time marathon runner, it was a lot tougher than I expected. The first half went past relatively easily but I seemed to hit that dreaded wall a lot earlier than expected and so from mile 13 onwards, it was a real test of endurance! Nevertheless, crossing that finishing line really did make it all worthwhile and it is a moment I will probably never forget. Three days later and the aches and pains are fading and I can look back with fond memories, over 35,000 people ran the last ever Flora Marathon and raised millions for a huge variety of charities. I was running for the "Brain and Spine Foundation", which depends entirely on charitable donations. The charity raises an average of only £500,000 annually and this year, the BSF Marathon Team raised in the region of £150,000, which will hopefully provide much needed help for the people this charity supports. I have not yet quite reached my target of £1500.00, but please remember there is still plenty time to sponsor me as the charity does not collect the sponsorship until June 2009, just visit and the rest is easy! I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in such an inspirational event and to experience first hand the lengths people will go to, to raise money for causes close to their hearts, and of course the support from the great British public!" Breda ran the London Marathon with a great time of 4 hours 29 minutes.

The Brain and Spine Foundation

The Brain and Spine Foundation (BSF) was founded in 1992 to help the 10 million people affected by brain and spine conditions in the UK. The BSF aims to maximise the quality of life for people with neurological disorders and to reduce neurological disability by providing a national focus for research, education and information. The Foundation's main objectives include:

  • expanding access to quality information and support for patients and carers
  • improving the skills of medical professionals and delivery of services to the public
  • raising the profile of neurological conditions and disabilities, and
  • increasing the level of research into neurological disorders

Further information regarding the Brain and Spine Foundation's work can be found on their website:


The Brain and Spine Foundation receives no Government funding and is entirely dependent on charitable donations. It currently raises a little over £500,000 per year compared to £50 million for the British Heart Foundation and £100 million to cancer UK. So, all donations, big or small, are gratefully received...

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