How Your Donations Are Used

Your donations will be used in the following ways:

To fund Epilepsy research

Epilepsy is one of the commonest neurological conditions. 7 out of 10 patients control the condition with drugs. We want to provide clinical trials on new drug therapies, surgical improvements and personalised medicine. In Leeds alone 5,000 people suffer from epilepsy, the national average is 2,000 (Hospital Episode Statistics) so we have a bigger demand for services in Yorkshire. Dr Melissa Macguire, Consultant Neurologist

To fund Parkinson’s research

80% of Parkinson’s patients will develop dementia in later stages of the illness, but it is often difficult to predict when it is going to develop. We want to do research to help predict the onset of dementia and start treatment earlier. We also want to improve diagnosis, as Parkinson’s is not easy to diagnose. I.e. there are no blood or ECG equivalent tests. We want to develop a diagnostic tool and test, so patients receive treatment sooner. 127,000 people in the UK have Parkinson’s; by 2030 there will be a 20% increase in cases. Dr Jane Alty Consultant Neurologist

To fund MS research

We don’t know what causes MS. In Leeds 800 people live with MS and their symptoms could vary and occur at different times. MS symptoms can present in a patient’s late 20’s and early 30’s, a peak time for careers and family life. We want to take treatment for MS in a new direction. The earlier you start treating people the less nerve damage, but sometimes MS takes years to diagnose and we want our research to help improve earlier diagnosis.”Dr Helen Ford Consultant Neurologist

To fund Dementia research

In Yorkshire 58,000 people live with dementia, in England 670,000 have the condition.  These figures are set to double over the next three decades.  Dementia is the government’s number 1 priority.  It is the last frontier in medical research.  Thankfully, we are all living longer and surviving cancer and heart conditions.  This means there will be an older population in the future living with Dementia, it is expected in the next 20 years as many as 1 in 3 over 65 may succumb to the condition.  We all know someone with dementia and we need to raise money to deal with a tsunami of dementia cases that we are expecting in the future. (statistics, Yorkshire Post 11/12/2013)