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.
The London Marathon is the biggest single fundraising event in our calendar – and this year we have an impressive 24 runners making up our fantastic #TeamBrainAppeal. With just a short time left until race day on Sunday 24 April, we caught up with two runners who both work for UCLH – and wanted to raise money for The National Brain Appeal − Katie Herron and Sean Hession.
It felt like a homecoming when I returned to The National Hospital last year, and began a shift as a newly-qualified nurse. I’d imagined this moment for a few years – and it all started when I was lying in a bed in the very same hospital recovering after brain surgery in 2010.
The National Brain Appeal raises funds to improve the treatment of people who have neurological and neuromuscular conditions including acquired brain injuries through stroke.
The fundraising has not only helped with investing in vital state-of-the-art hospital equipment but also financed major building programmes and much-needed ongoing medical research. All of this has saved lives and helped those suffering from brain damage to achieve a better quality of life.
Today is Rare Disease Day and to mark it, we’re officially launching Rare Dementia Support – a fund that is the result of a merger of two existing funds – the FTD Support Group Fund and the Myrtle Ellis Fund. The Myrtle Ellis fund has been around for nine years and here, one of the sisters behind setting it up, Susie Shaw – tells us how it all came about the creation of the new fund.