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Medical Research

Kidney Care UK

We are the UK’s leading kidney patient support charity, providing support for kidney patients and their families and campaigning to improve care services across the UK.

We provide support for more than 100 patients every week and invest over £3 million each year in patient grants. We provide practical and emotional support, funding patient research projects and improving care services. We’re here to give our total support to help improve the quality of life for everyone affected by kidney disease.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01420 541424 or visit their website at www.kidneycareuk.org

The Pain Relief Foundation

The Pain Relief Foundation is a UK charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of human chronic pain and is concerned with education of health professionals about pain management.

Chronic pain remains one of the last unconquered frontiers of medicine. It is defined as pain that lasts for three months or longer. It can include conditions such as arthritis, cancer pain, neuralgia, shingles, diabetic neuropathy, painful strokes, pain following limb amputation (phantom limb), complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), back pain and headaches.

It is the silent epidemic because it isn't as visible or as measurable as other conditions – despite the fact that it can have a devastating impact on quality of life; we hope to change this.

The Research Institute has no official funding from the N.H.S. or any other government body and thus relies entirely on charitable contributions and fund raising. Support to provide the funds for the continuing the innovative work of the Institute is vital and any help given is much appreciated.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 0151 529 5820 or visit www.painrelieffoundation.org.uk.


CLEFT was established in 2007 by patients, parents, grandparents and surgeons from the North Thames Cleft Centre based at Great Ormond St Hospital for Children and the St Andrew’s Centre, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.

Its aims were:

  1. To fund research into the causes and treatment of cleft lip and palate and related conditions
  2. To support cleft teams in several less developed countries

The strap line is “Bridging the Gap”. We aim to help bridge:

  1. The physical gap in the lip and palate – by supporting surgery
  2. The gaps in knowledge – by helping to enable research
  3. The gaps between the care available in the UK and low income countries – by supporting teams in several poorer countries with equipment and training

More information can be found on the CLEFT website – www.cleft.org.uk.

Psychiatry Research Trust

The Psychiatry Research Trust (PRT) was set up by a Trust Deed dated 20th January 1982. It raises funds for research into all aspects of mental illness and brain disorder undertaken at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and its associated Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals, and has a special interest in developing the researchers of tomorrow.

Throughout our existence we have received (and are eternally grateful for) a huge amount of help from volunteers who have raised money by running, dancing, swimming, cycling, and skateboarding for us; organising quizzes, raffles, coffee mornings, plant sales, book sales, and cake sales for us; performed plays, presented concerts, and sung Carols for us; remembered us on their birthdays and in their wills. They have been responsible for donations amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds

If we are to continue to help the vast number of sufferers from mental ill health and brain disorders in this country, such generous people as they have been will always be essential to us in order that we may maintain the quality and relevance of the research work we support.

Only in this way will we be able to ensure that the tools of our research retain their cutting edge. These tools are essentially the people, the space for them to work in (clinics, wards and laboratories), the scientific and medical equipment they need to work with, and the library to provide them with the information they require. It is for these reasons that the Psychiatry Research Trust seeks your help.

For further information on donating to this organisation tel 0207 703 6217 or visit www.psychiatryresearchtrust.co.uk.

The National Brain Appeal

The National Brain Appeal is the only charity dedicated to raising funds for The National Hospital and the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (IoN).

Queen Square is regarded as the ‘cradle of British neurology’. It is one of the world’s leading neuroscience centres providing translational research, diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with neurological and neuromuscular conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS), dementia, brain cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, brain injury and many more.

One in six people in the UK are affected by a neurological condition. That’s more than the number of people living with cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes combined. In spite of this there has been a continuing lack of national prioritisation to deliver better outcomes for those affected.

Our aim is to improve the outcome and quality of life for everyone with a neurological disorder by funding pioneering research, providing access to the latest technology for expert diagnosis and training tomorrow’s leading clinicians.

Your help can make this possible.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 3448 4724 or visit www.nationalbrainappeal.org.

Brain Research UK

The brain is the most complex organ in our body. It weighs just 3lb, yet it controls our emotions, senses and actions. Every single one of them. It is how we process the world around us. So when it breaks down, we break down.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

There are hundreds of neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Brain Tumours, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease and Epilepsy.

We fund the best research to discover the causes, develop new treatments and improve the lives of those affected.

Help loved ones live better, longer.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 7404 9982 or visit www.brainresearchuk.org.uk

Registered Charity no. 1137560. A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England no. 7345516.