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You're On Mute

“You’re on mute!”

You’ve heard it ten times a day or more. You’ve seen the apologetic oops-I-did-it-again gesture at colleagues and the frantic fumble to find the unmute button.

This spring, here’s a reason to stay on mute.  Together, let’s block out our Outlook calendars, enjoy uninterrupted focus time and raise funds through silence.

There are more people in the UK living with a neurological condition than cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, but you wouldn't know it. One-in-six people are affected by at least one neurological condition – that is over 13 million people.

For some our free Helpline, peer support groups and expert information booklets are crucial. For others, they can take the place of an understanding friend, providing support, clarity and reassurance.

How to take part

  1. Get your colleagues or employer on board!
  2. Set up a JustGiving page for your organisation
  3. Let your colleagues know all about You’re On Mute Day. A sponsored silence is a great way for your company to organise a meeting-free day whilst raising funds for a good cause.
  4. Take part in some of our ideas below to boost your workplace fundraising 
  5. Enjoy uninterrupted focus time. Find out more about the benefits of silence to brain health below.

Join our sponsored silence. Together, we can ensure anyone affected by a neurological condition can access our services. And together, we can build a community so no one feels alone. Your reason to stay on mute starts now.

To take part, get in touch with Grace for your fundraising pack: grace.patient@brainandspine.org.uk  

Here are some ways to kick-start your fundraising and boost your target:

  • Matched Giving

    Find out if your company have a scheme where they match your fundraising efforts. If not, encourage them to set one up as it is a great way to engage employees and support the Brain & Spine Foundation.
  • Host a “You’re On Mute” sweepstake
    For a £2 suggested entry, which of your colleagues will break their silence first? 

  • Create a team!
    Get as many colleagues, friends and family as you can to take part. Set a date and a time where you will go on mute together, support each other – make it a team bonding exercise! Why not book in a quick Zoom call afterwards to celebrate your successes and share the positive outcomes of the silence.

  • Share it on social media
    Have you seen our team video above? Create your own photo or video and share it on your socials to let everyone know you’re doing something for a great cause. Get your working from home attire in the snap, maybe a pet or a housemate to make the picture stand out on your timeline and entice your friends to donate, or take part themselves!

  • Put your fundraising page in your work email signature
    Adding your fundraising page to your email signature is a quick and easy win in terms of getting your page out there to your networks and is a great way to raise more awareness.

  • Contact your local press
    Have you managed to create a big team to do a sponsored silence together? Perhaps you are supporting a colleague or loved one who has been affected by a neurological condition? Let everyone know you’re doing something for a great cause and write to your local press- we all need some good news right now!

  • Share your story
    Let us know the reason you’re taking part. Your stories are powerful and we would love to share them to our community.

For fundraising support, to find out how your company can further support the Brain & Spine Foundation email Grace Patient: grace.patient@brainandspine.org.uk 

We live in a world where we are inundated with noise all the time. The strain of working from home and being in back-to-back meetings often leaves us with no time to hear our own thoughts. It means we rarely have the opportunity to silently get lost in the project we’re are working on. Taking some time to be silent can reduce stress levels, stimulate brain growth and enhance sleep. To find out ten reasons why silence really is golden, click here. 

  • £90 could pay for a specialist nurse to answer calls on our helpline for three hours
  • £200 could provide a hospital with two boxes of our specialist information booklets, helping to reduce anxiety and inform choices
  • £360 could fund Neuro Social peer support sessions for six months