The Hillingdon Brain Tumour & Injury Group has announced the launch of its urgent “Lifeline Appeal,” which will allow for the delivery of essential services.


Hillingdon, UK – The Hillingdon Brain Tumour & Injury Group (HBTIG) has announced its goal to raise £20,000 in order to continue providing vital support to individuals affected by brain tumours and injuries. The charity, founded by Becky Haggar-Kaikitis OBE, former Mayor of Hillingdon, has experienced an increase in demand for its services, ranging from diagnosis to rehabilitation.

To achieve their target, HBTIG is reaching out to the local community and beyond, hosting various fundraising events such as jumble sales, quiz nights, and pop-up shops. The funds raised from this appeal will go towards one-to-one support for clients, the weekly support group, rehabilitation for emotional and physical health, and other day-to-day activities that provide hope and enable clients to rebuild their lives.

Becky Haggar-Kaikitis OBE, the charity’s founder, shared, “Here at Hillingdon Brain Tumour and Injury Group, we offer everyone a voice to be heard, to not feel alone, and to bring hope and support by providing tools for the neurological life journey ahead. Our goal is to deliver independence and confidence for those living with neurological disabilities.”

The charity works closely with its clients, encouraging them to give back to the community while gaining valuable skills to cope with life’s challenges. These challenges include loss of memory, seizures, emotional struggles, and physical paralysis.

Due to the increasing demand for its services, HBTIG has expanded by opening a new pop-up shop run by its clients. This shop also supports the community by offering affordable products, such as teas, coffees, and clothes, during the current cost of living crisis.

Xeli Grana, a client of the charity, shared her experience, stating, “Since my diagnosis of various life-threatening illnesses, I felt lost, alone, and feared each day with little hope of ever feeling part of this world again. Until I was guided to the Brain Tumour & Injury Charity. I have never felt more alive, hopeful, joyful, and less afraid. I am not alone; I have made new friends who understand fully. We speak the same language. The charity has given me a new perspective and a more vibrant ‘joie de vivre.’ They have lifted up my spirits and support me in every way possible. I thank God such a community exists amidst the challenges we are faced with. But we face them together as one.”

Emmanuel Daudu, Chair of Trustees, also shared, “We started as a local charity serving the London Borough of Hillingdon; over the years, we have expanded our services to other boroughs where we can offer hope and support to our clients and families.”

HBTIG is a small, independent local charity dedicated to assisting individuals affected by brain tumours and brain injuries. The charity offers tailored rehabilitation and comprehensive care for emotional, physical, and social well-being to support those rebuilding their lives before and after diagnosis and treatment.

HBTIG can be found at their charity shop, coffee bar, and advice hub ‘The Centre of Hope,’ located at 394 Long Lane, Hillingdon UB10 9PG, and at Eastcote Community Centre. For more information on how to support HBTIG, please visit their website at

For media enquiries, please contact Becky Haggar-Kaikitis OBE at

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