A cancer survivor has raised more than £2,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity by hosting a quiz. Carol Rutherford, 59, organised the pop quiz event for about 80 people at Millbrook Village Hall, with prizes including a remote control golf buggy. She said: “I couldn’t have done it without my family and friends and all of those who donated amazing raffle and auction prizes.”
Carol was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2012 after months of symptoms including extreme tiredness, memory loss and visual problems.
Her GP insisted there was nothing seriously wrong but after she collapsed at home she was admitted to hospital, where an MRI scan revealed a large brain tumour.
Surgeons managed to remove the tumour and Carol made a remarkable recovery, returning to work as an administrator for an estate agent and organising annual events in Bedfordshire to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
The quiz was held on March 4, Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day, when supporters of the charity around the UK donned specially-designed bandanas to raise funds and awareness.
Carol said: “It was a great night and we had fantastic support from so many people.
“Special mention goes to Bauer Media, who donated a brand new remote control golf buggy for auction, and The Happy Plaice, which provided delicious fish and chips.”
Geraldine Pipping, director of fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We are so grateful to Carol for all she has done to support us since her own brain tumour diagnosis.
“We rely entirely on voluntary donations so it’s only through fundraising events like this that we can work towards our goal of defeating brain tumours.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the quiz and those who gave so generously to help make it such a success.”