HeadSmart is a finalist in the National Lottery Awards 'Best Health Project' category – please vote to help us win!
In 2002, The Brain Tumour Charity was given a National Lottery Grant to help fund research into the diagnosis of brain tumours in children.
That research lead to a clinical guideline aimed at healthcare professionals and the launch of a public-facing campaign, HeadSmart, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours.
Since receiving lottery-funding, HeadSmart has helped reduce average diagnosis times of childhood brain tumours from 13 weeks to 6.5 weeks - early diagnosis of brain tumours reduces the chance of a child developing long term disabilities and can ultimately save their life.
Show your support for HeadSmart which is driving down diagnosis times by voting for us in the National Lottery Awards.
“My GP practice said they hadn't seen a brain tumour patient in 25 years, so they weren't familiar with the symptoms. Now I want to use my story to help HeadSmart raise awareness as early diagnosis is crucial.” Eva
Thanks to a teacher noticing that Eva's handwriting had deteriorated over the summer holiday, she was finally diagnosed, aged five, having endured 18 months of headaches, nausea and loss of balance.
HeadSmart makes a difference. You can too.