VERONICA MARTIN, fundraising manager at the Brain and Spine Foundation ...
What is the project about? Our Young Adults Brain Injury project aims to meet an identified gap in information provision and support for teenagers and young adults affected by brain injury. Almost 250,000 teenagers and young adults are treated in UK hospitals for head injury every year. Many survive but almost half are left with a range of physical, learning, behavioural and emotional problems. The project is at the core of our new strategic focus to expand our information services.
Do you need further funding to set up the project? No. This money means we will be able to develop important elements of our work over the next three years, starting next month.
How many trusts did you apply to for this funding? Four, but I'd rather not name them.
Has the Community Fund given money to your other projects? Its health and social research scheme awarded us £194,179 over three years in 1999 to investigate the role of neurogenesis in epilepsy at Southampton University.
Was the application a simple process? It was simpler and more effective than the last time we applied in the late 1990s. This grant was facilitated by Wootton George Consultancy's lottery specialist and our fundraising team. A preliminary application has been added since the last time we applied, and a two-hour phone call exploring potential outcomes enhanced our chances.