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HeadSmart is a finalist in the National Lottery Awards ‘Best Health Project’ category

Voting has now closed for the National Lottery Awards ‘Best Health Project’, of which HeadSmart was selected as a finalist.

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.

“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.