Company raises £80,000 in just a year in memory of Bromley resident
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 June 2018
A housing association has raised £80,000 for the Darel Bryan Foundation, which was set up to honour a Beckenham resident who worked in the company’s Bromley office.
Clarion Housing Group has been fundraising for the foundation, with an initial target of £100,000 over three years, in memory of Darel, 34, who died in 2016 after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.
The company is delighted to have raised 80pc of its target in the first year alone.
Darel fought a 15-month battle with a glioblastoma multiforme tumour and, following his death, his partner Natalie Overs and his family set up the foundation under the umbrella of national charity Brain Tumour Research.
Over the past year, Clarion colleagues have taken part in a range of fundraising activities such as dress down days, cake sales, raffles, quiz nights and sponsored sporting events including football tournaments, triathlons, marathons and even a skydive.
Chief executive Ruth Cooke, said: “I know this money will make a very real difference by funding vital research into brain tumours and contributing towards a lasting legacy for Darel.
“I’m very much looking forward to continuing to support the foundation and seeing how much more we can raise.”
Natalie added: “Our partnership with Clarion has been overwhelming in its first year and Darel’s family and I have been truly touched by the incredible support and fundraising.
“Darel would have been extremely proud to know his legacy lives on and that one day this fundraising will help with finding a cure for other patients.”
Robin Meltzer, from Brain Tumor Research, said: “This phenomenal amount raised in just one year will fund the equivalent of a month’s worth of research at one of our four centres of excellence, bringing us closer to finding more effective treatments and ultimately a cure.
“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1pc of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease.”
To make a donation to The Darel Bryan Foundation go to www.justgiving.com/teams/TheDarelBryanFoundation