As many of you are aware our Patron and generous benefactor, Frank Brake, died peacefully on his 85th birthday, just before Christmas.
Frank was a remarkable man who was incredibly generous in his support of our wonderful Centre. It is fair to say that without Frank’s generosity it is unlikely we would have been in our beautiful building for 3 years now, as it would have taken us longer to raise the funds .
Through the Frank Brake Charitable Trust, Frank match funded £500,000 raised by The Butterflies during the capital fundraising campaign on our behalf. Frank continued to support us with £10,000 per year for the following three years, and in 2018 increased his support to £20,000, with a further pledge of £20,000 in 2019 on the condition that we met a number of objectives – such as reducing our cancellation rate, improving processes, and increasing our fund-raising income from Trusts and Foundations. This financial support has been hugely appreciated and valued by us all.
Frank was deeply interested in the KMSTC and throughout the build stage had monthly progress meetings with us to ensure progress was on track and iron out any issues. Frank continued to give his time, his intellect and his expertise to the Centre and truly cared about its future. Through his Charitable Trust Frank supported a range of charities and causes close to his heart and leaves a powerful legacy across many communities. His Charitable Trust will continue to support charities in accordance with his wishes. Thoughtfully and generously, Frank requested that donations arising from his funeral come to KMSTC.
I was invited to meet him just two weeks into my new role and I was incredibly impressed by his knowledge of the Centre (warts and all!), his affection for the Centre, and his vision for our future. Frank gave me some great advice and personal support for which I am very grateful.
If you would like to read more about Frank’s interesting life please take a look at www.frankbrake.co.uk.
You may have seen the notes around the Centre along with copies of his obituary published in The Times. We have started a Book of Condolence and Memories in the Centre and encourage you all to pen a few words in memory of this remarkable man.
We then plan to present the completed book to Frank’s family as a way to show our thanks to this generous, genuine and insightful man.
Please do take a moment to write a few words, or, feel free to email us and we can add them to the book.
CEO, Kent MS Therapy Centre
Photo courtesy of www.frankbrake.co.uk