My Brain, My Gift: Maria' story

The Encephalitis Society is dedicated to those affected by encephalitis; a condition unfamiliar to many. The Society plays a vital role in supporting people impacted by encephalitis as well as their families and connecting them with peers and medical professionals. "My Brain: My Gift" is a campaign that invites you to consider making regular donations to support the Encephalitis Society's support events and projects, such as "My Brain: My Story", "My Brain & Medicine", "My Brain & Me" and "My Brain, My Mental Health". 

One of our regular donors, Maria, talks about what donating means to her. 

What does supporting the Encephalitis Society mean to you? 

When I had encephalitis, it was the Society that supported my family and I, giving us guidance, and information on a disease that we had never heard of before.   

The lack of awareness and understanding of encephalitis is a challenge, among both our local community and medical professionals we encountered. 

Raising awareness of this condition is not just important, it's vital. By supporting the Encephalitis Society, I am contributing to their mission to make encephalitis as widely recognised as other conditions like meningitis and dementia. The support helps combat isolation and ensures that individuals affected by encephalitis receive the support they need.  

Why choose to make a regular gift to the Society? 

Making regular donations to the Encephalitis Society is a way to express our gratitude. This small act of giving back is an opportunity to thank the Society for the invaluable support we received during a difficult time. Furthermore, it's a means of extending a helping hand to others who are affected by this condition, ensuring that the Society remains a reliable source of support. By making our contribution regularly, it allows the Encephalitis Society to carry out their essential work.  

What would you say to others considering setting up a regular gift to the Society? 

Supporting the Encephalitis Society is about more than just making a financial contribution, it's about creating a sense of security and stability for an organisation that relies heavily on donations. I encourage others to set up regular gifts, no matter the amount, to help the Society plan and continue to pursue its objectives. With an increasing number of people affected by encephalitis, the Encephalitis Society's work is more critical than ever. Your contribution can ensure that they can keep making a positive impact on those in need. 

Your gift today will help improve lives tomorrow 

"My Brain: My Gift" isn't just a campaign, it's an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by encephalitis. By supporting us, you are helping to raise awareness, provide essential support, and ensure that no one feels isolated in their struggle with this often-misunderstood condition. Your regular gift is a lifeline for many.