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Great Barnes bake off organised by brain tumour op psychologist
5:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
A clinical psychologist is holding a bake off to raise funds for the hospital where she had a life-changing brain tumour operation.
Joss Fleming organised the great Barnes bake off to raise money for the national brain appeal charity, which helps fund the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
The 24-year-old from Barnes had an operation to remove a brain tumour in 2011 after suffering from about 10 debilitating seizures every week.
The clinical psychologist, who is also studying for her doctorate in clinical psychology, had her first seizure when she was 16 and scans when she was 19 revealed a brain tumour.
Surgeons decided an operation was needed to remove the tumour and Miss Fleming is now seizure-free for the first time in eight years.
She said: “I have personally benefited from some of the innovations funded by the National Brain Appeal. My hospital stay was on the then newly opened brain tumour unit, the first of its kind in the country.
“They are a fantastic charity that supports an amazing hospital. It’s hard to put into words how it feels to be seizure and medication free. Thanks to them I can get on with my life and will continue to raise money whenever I can.”
Miss Fleming has raised £4,300 for the charity through various events including climbing Kilimanjaro to mark the one year anniversary of her surgery and cycling 400km from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea in September.
She has rounded up two teams of friends and family to take part in the bake off and will sell the cakes at a netball tournament she has arranged the following day.
For more information about the National Brain Appeal, visit nationalbrainappeal.org/donate.
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