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Fantastic Fundraisers; Jo's Cranioversary!

17th May 2019

Thank you
by Jo Barlow

I know it was your job
A daily task for you
But I don’t know if you truly realise
The thanks of all you do

My kids wouldn’t have a Mum
My husband not a wife
There would be an empty hole
If you didn’t save my life

As every day I know
That I wouldn’t still be here
Without your knowledge and your skill
And shed a silent, thankful, tear.


In May 2016 Jo Barlow had a Hemangioblastoma brain tumour removed during a six hour operation at St George's Hospital. 18 May 2019 marks the three year anniversary of her operation, and the beginning of a road to recovery that has seen Jo write a book about her journey, and support numerous others through their treatment too.

Jo said ‘Mr Jones and the various other Dr’s, nurses, anaesthetists etc were amazing and very reassuring for a totally stressed and terrified patient, who hated hospitals, knowing she was about to have brain surgery! Several staff went out of their way to help support me - from getting permission to use my homeopathic remedies, holding my hand while waiting for surgery to letting me just talk to them.’

Jo, a mum of four children aged between 12 and 24, will be holding a music event with a rock covers band at a local pub to celebrate her ‘Cranioversary’. The band named Ransom; includes her husband and son, and are playing at this event in celebration of Jo’s immense gratitude that following her recovery she can now listen to them play; when she couldn’t when she was sick.

There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes, with all donations going to the charity. If you would like to support Jo and Ransom on the night:

The Cricketers Pub,
81 Clayton Road, Chessington KT9 1NQ
Saturday 18 May, starting at 8.30pm

Jo is holding another event too in for the form of small art exhibition at her local library:
Ditton Library
Mercer Close, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0BS
From the 11th – 25th May and will be donating 10% of profits from sales.

Jo has also written a book  ‘It’s all in My Head’  about her experience in finding out she had a brain tumour, the surgery, recovery and the lessons she has learnt from it
Jo is donating £1 for each book and 50p for each e-book.

To find Jo’s website and blog about her treatment journey; http://www.jobarlow.co.uk/

Finally, Jo has also set up a Facebook group just for those with Hemangioblastoma; https://www.facebook.com/groups/hemangioblastoma/

If you would like to support Jo in her fundraising, you can access her page here; https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoBarlow

Good luck with your event Jo, and thank you for fundraising for St George’s Hospital Charity!





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