Stories and fundraisers


When Alan Akhgar arrived in A&E in October 2012 the outlook did not look good. He had suffered a brain aneurysm and had to undergo a craniotomy and excision carried out by consultant neurosurgeon, Mr Marios Papadopoulous.

Despite the bleak outlook, Alan made a complete recovery. A few weeks after his operation, Alan had left hospital and few months later he got married to his fiancé Jo.

As a sign of appreciation, Alan and Jo completed a sponsored half marathon raising money for Mr Papadopoulous’ Neuroscience Research Foundation.

They raised almost £6000 for the foundation and the funds are going to go towards research into spinal cord injury. 

Alan said of his time at St George’s:  “Mr Papadopoulous and the neurosurgery team saved my life. From surgery to recovery to rehabilitation I’ve received unbelievable care.



The Kilimen


Jim Richardson

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“The Kilimen” - Simon Aird, Phil Cheveley, Steve Everett, Kieron Lumb, Mark Wheeler and Jim Richardson are planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in December 2014 to raise funds for The Atkinson Morley's Hospital Neurosciences Research Foundation. Jim was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2013 and underwent treatment at the Atkinson Morley wing of St.George’s Hospital, Tooting in London. Thankfully he has made a full recovery and is in debt to the skills and care of Henry Marsh and his team at St.George’s as well as the love, support and banter from his close friends and family. 

In order to raise funds, this group of old school friends have got together to plan this trip of a lifetime and try to raise valuable funds for the Neurosciences Research Foundation (NRF). So much is still unknown about the cause and how best to treat brain tumours, but funds raised here will provide hope for future patients. Needless to say, all expenses are covered personally, every Pound donated will go straight to the NRF.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level. The climb will take 6 days. To read Jim's story, please use the following link




John collapsed with a subarachnoid haemorrhage six months ago, today he is back in the saddle.


Do you know someone like John?

Someone who has had a subarachnoid haemorrhage or suffered from a head injury, brain tumour, multiple sclerosis or stroke. If you or a relative or friend has ever received treatment for any of these in the Atkinson Morley Neuroscience Centre at St. George’s Hospital, you’ll have reason to be grateful to the work
of Neurofund – the fundraising arm of the Neurosciences Research Foundation.
The Neurosciences Research Foundation is concerned with disease and injuries to the nervous system. The money raised by Neurofund helps fund vital research into the cause of damage to the brain in order to develop new and more effective treatments.

The money goes to these needy areas

  • Research, testing and developing new techniques and equipment to help with diagnosis and treatment
  • Ensuring the advances reach the patients
  • Supporting clinical research fellows and scientists
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