Fundraising heroes

Find inspiration from some of our fundraisers

To help inspire you and show that the possibilities for fundraising are endless, here are some examples of how people raise money for The Migraine Trust.

Get in touch with our Fundraising Team via our contact form if you’d like to discuss your ideas or to order a fundraising pack.

Paul’s race to find a cure for migraine

Paul after the race with his medal

Paul Johnstone ran the Edinburgh marathon for the charity in May. Not only did he complete the run in an impressive time, he raised vital awareness of migraine and over £700 for migraine research and support services. Paul was inspired to raise funds for The Migraine Trust because he wife Nathalie has had migraine for a long time. Thank you Paul for your support and congratulations on such a fantastic achievement!

Speaking about why he ran the race, he said: “I ran for the charity because my wife, Nathalie, has been suffering from migraine since she was a child and the condition has become worse and worse during the years to the point where she was diagnosed as a chronic suffer. I feel it is important to socialise this debilitating condition as much as possible, given that it gets very little coverage as it is not seen to be life threatening. Life threatening or not, it has the power to destroy the life of suffers for many, many years and more often than not those are supposed to be the most productive years of a person’s life. We need people to stand up and help to push migraine-specific research up the health agenda.”

Open garden season for Valda

Open garden fundraiser
Valda and her beautiful garden

Valda has been an active supporter of The Migraine Trust for many years. She opens her beautiful garden, full of Hellebores, to sell plants and raise awareness of migraine, a condition she has lived with for most of her life and says:

“One of my first jobs involved typing and unfortunately this gave me tension headaches almost every day, some of which were migraines but at that time I didn’t realise. It was very difficult to arrange social events as I was always worried that I would have a migraine and not be able to eat as I always felt bilious too. During this time I was at my lowest ebb as the pain was excruciating.”

Valda has raised over £5,300 for The Migraine Trust since she started her open garden weekends in Yarm. This is such a fantastic achievement and we are deeply grateful for Valda’s hard work and her continued support.


“I eventually saw a neurologist who told me about triptans. I believe I was one of the first people to try Imigran. I could not believe it worked so quickly and within a couple of hours of the injection I was able to function as normal as though I had never had a headache. I now take it in a tablet form and it still works every time. This treatment came as a result of research and without The Migraine Trust I would not have heard about it. I now feel able to give something back and open my garden once a year and sell plants to raise funds so that research into a complete cure can be found.” Valda describing her journey to effective treatment
Rebecca Chilcott with her medal

Rebecca’s run for vestibular migraine

A massive congratulations to Rebecca Chilcott for completing the Cardiff Half Marathon in October 2018 and raising over one thousand pounds for us.

Rebecca has had migraine since the age of 15. Then, at the age of 29, it developed from episodic migraine with aura into vestibular migraine. She wanted to run to raise funds for research into the condition. She also wanted to raise awareness of vestibular migraine.

You can read more about Rebecca and her run here.


“I am so proud to have completed the Cardiff Half Marathon and the London Marathon. For many years I was a spectator due to chronic vestibular migraine symptoms. I hope the money I have raised for The Migraine Trust will help other people with it to find relief in the future.” Rebecca Chilcott

Elkie and Ella Meet-up for Migraine

Elkie and Ella

A huge thank you to Elkie and Ella for organising a fantastic fundraising Meet-up at their school for Migraine Awareness Week in September 2018!

Not only did they raise funds to help people affected by migraine, they raised awareness of it too.

You can read more about their event and see their fantastic cakes here.

Meg’s birthday fundraiser

Meg birthday fundraiser for The Migraine Trust
Meg at her birthday fundraiser

Special 70th birthday wishes to Meg who celebrated with a champagne and afternoon tea!

While Meg lives in the United States, she was born in the UK and maintains connections here. We are very grateful for Meg’s support and extend our thanks to all her friends and family who so kindly made donations to The Migraine Trust in lieu of gifts. Together they have raised over $1,000.

"Coming from a long family line of migraineurs, and having passed on the affliction to our son in the form of childhood abdominal migraines, I was inspired to ask the guests at my 70th birthday party to contribute to The Migraine Trust, instead of giving me presents which I don't need. I am thrilled that they responded most generously!" Meg on her inspiration to fundraise

Tom and Demi’s wedding

Congratulations to Tom and Demi who were married in June 2017. We would like to thank them for choosing this special occasion to help The Migraine Trust. Our thanks to all their wedding guests for generously donating to charity in lieu of giving wedding gifts.

Demi and Tom wedding June 2017 raising money for The Migraine Trust in lieu of wedding gifts

"We lived together for a number of years before getting married, as many couples do nowadays, so when it came to the big day we didn't need the traditional wedding gifts of pots and pans, cutlery, crockery and the like. We decided to ask guests to donate to two charities at our reception instead. The Migraine Trust is very important to us as Demi gets severe migraine and we've used some of the downloadable resources from the website before to help Demi keep on track with her records. We were amazed at the generosity of our guests, who raised a total of £1,065 - half of which we are delighted to be giving to The Migraine Trust, to continue their important work." Tom explains their motivation to support our work in this way