2017 July

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Bright Red Secures £10,000 of National Lottery Funding

We are delighted to share the news that we have recently secured £10,000 of National Lottery Funding to help with the creation of our ‘Fighting Blood Cancer’ App, which will be made in collaboration with local charity Anxious Minds.
As part of our ongoing commitment to making the north the best place for blood cancer patients, we felt it was vital that we looked for something to help a growing issue with patients – anxiety. Anxiety can be a difficult issue to address. Mental health issues is an area which is seriously underfunded across the board, so patients who need help are often waiting for a few days to be seen, other patients are not able to attend support groups. This means that often the opportunity to help patients can be lost, and anxiety can escalate.
What we want to do with the app is bridge the gap, and help patients build skills and reduce anxiety on their own, until they can be supported further. We also hope that by introducing this we will be able to encourage users to be more open to the idea of seeking help for anxiety and signpost them to specialist support groups when they are well enough.
We are excited to get started on this project!

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Freemasons Support Bright Red

Bright Red is one of only 300 charities across England and Wales invited to apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to celebrate the launch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

We recently caught up with Phil Sanderson, one of our wonderful Ambassadors and the gentleman responsible for putting us forward for this award. We were delighted to meet some of his brethren, and learn more about how they’re helping secure votes for Bright Red.

You still have time to vote for us and we really need your help spreading the word.

You can now cast your vote via : https://mcf.org.uk/region/northumberland/

In case you are not aware, we will be using funds raised from this donation to expand our Lee Robson Patient Care Grant provision. We currently restrict these grants to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, however there has long been a need to make them available right across our region.

It is estimated that 77% of blood cancer patients experience some financial hardship – this is largely due to a drop in income at a time when outgoings often increase. Due to the sheer size of our region, meaning longer journeys to and from hospital, and the high unemployment rates, things can often be very difficult for patients in the north.

Our last grant was given to a 27-year-old patient with terminal blood cancer. The patient is now unable to leave the hospital and the family need to drive for 70 miles to attend the Freeman Hospital. A 140-mile trip. The cost soon adds up – so it’s vital that we help this family maintain visits at this precious time.
This is one recent example, out of hundreds, to show just how important these grants are.

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