Stroke is one of the UK’s leading causes of death. There are over 100,000 strokes in the UK every year and, 1 in 8 of these prove to be fatal within the first 30 days. As the UK’s population continues to age, strokes are expected to become an increasingly common condition.
Research has shown that patients who are cared for on a dedicated stroke hospital ward are much more likely to survive, and to retain their independence and living at home within a year, than if they were treated on a non-dedicated stroke ward.
The National Brain Appeal is currently seeking to raise £1.5million in order to create an acute interventional neuroradiology service for the treatment of stroke at Queen Square. This service will provide urgent care, as well as help support regional and national stroke treatment.
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As we come to the end of a year full of surprising outcomes globally, it is a relief that more locally at The National Brain Appeal, things have been going to plan. Our supporters came up trumps in a different way by raising £4m, enabling work to start on our new operating theatres at The National Hospital.
An appeal to raise £500,000 to double the size of the Molly Lane Fox Unit for brain tumour patients got off to an excellent start and we’ve raised more than half the amount already.
And another new exciting project focusing on providing a fantastic treatment to more stroke patients in Queen Square was launched. More information on all of these can be found here on our website.
We have had some amazing fundraisers doing all sorts of things from staying in their pyjamas for two weeks to swimming and running round the Scilly Isles, but we are of course grateful for all the funds raised in more traditional ways too – from donations and direct debits to bake sales.
In busy lives and busy times we appreciate your support so much, and we look forward to continuing to update you on the successful projects you make possible.
Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year. May all your wishes for the year ahead come true.
Theresa Dauncey, chief executive
PS: The year closes with the wonderful news that UCL has been selected as the central hub of a new £250m Dementia Research Institute. Hope for the future.
Our current appeal is to raise £1.5m to expand the stroke service at The National Hospital.
Stroke is the fourth largest cause of death in the UK. The people who do survive may be brain damaged or disabled in some other way. Immediate and specialist care can make a huge difference, though, because it reduces the damage caused by cutting off the blood supply to the brain.
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