Life-changing lottery grant given to brain tumour charity to help Greater Manchester patients

By Dean Wilkins

A brain tumour charity that helps people across Greater Manchester suffering from severe illnesses is being awarded vital money from the Big Lottery Fund.

Brain Tumour Buddies, founded by Natalya Jagger and Andrew McGill in March 2009, strives to provide help and support for adults and children affected by brain tumours.

And they have been given a grant of £8,794 to develop an interactive iBuddies Medical Notes application for iPads, iPods, smartphones and the internet to help patients manage their condition.

Helen Bullough, Big Lottery Fund head of the North West region, said: “These projects are fantastic and just a drop in the ocean of good causes that the Awards For All programme has supported.

“There’s plenty more funding to come and we want to hear from all community groups, charities and associations across the North West who may not realise just how quick and simple the application process is.”

The products will allow those affected keep a record of their medical history, a diary and emergency medical information.

The charity are just one of 88 projects across the North West to receive a share of £775,125 funding made available by the Lottery.

North West Blood Bikes will receive £9,600 to help continue their dedicated volunteer group who deliver blood and vital medical supplies to hospitals to prevent them spending money on taxis and out-of-hours transport.

The group will use the money to buy a Honda Deauville motorcycle to allow their volunteers to continue to serve hospitals in Chorley, Preston, Ormskirk and Southport.

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