A SMALL Parbold charity has shared its story as part of a fundraising appeal for the University of Manchester, helping it to raise more than £100,000.
The Natalie Kate Moss Trust was set up in 2012 by the Moss family following Natalie’s death from a sudden Brain Haemorrhage at the age of 26.
Natalie’s sister, Fiona Moss, shared her sister’s story in a special video which was used as part of The University of Manchester’s stroke research appeal.
The appeal, which was launched in December 2020, has been a fantastic success, receiving donations from around the world. All the money raised will fund a new PhD research post at the university with a focus on haemorrhagic stroke. The new researcher will increase capacity in the Manchester stroke team and support the search for life-saving new treatment.
Haemorrhagic stroke – otherwise known as brain haemorrhage – is a subtype of stroke. Around half of all patients who experience this type of stroke will die, and this death rate has changed very little in the past 30 years. This is in stark contrast to other diseases that have seen death rates reduce substantially over that time.
There is currently no successful treatment for haemorrhagic stroke – making this is a key area of research focus for the Manchester Stroke Group. The university’s strengths in Neuroscience research and links with the UK’s largest clinical stroke centre make Manchester particularly well-placed to lead the search for better treatments.
Professor Stuart Allan, from the University of Manchester, leads the team that will welcome the new PhD researcher, and expressed his gratitude to Fiona Moss of the Natalie Kate Moss Trust and to the hundreds of donors who have helped to fund the new post. He said: “Natalie’s story played a central part in helping us to inspire donations from around the world and we are very grateful to her for sharing her family’s very personal tragedy in order to help us raise awareness and help people to understand the importance of our research.
“Thanks to these generous donations, we will now be able to strengthen our team with crucial expertise which will drive our research on to new levels. With an extra researcher on the team, I’m confident we’ll make quicker progress towards a much-needed treatment for haemorrhagic stroke.”
Fiona Moss, co-founder of the Natalie Kate Moss Trust, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who has donated over the last few months to such an incredibly worthwhile appeal. My family and I know first-hand the struggles and heartbreak that stroke can cause. That’s why we’re so proud to support Professor Allan and his excellent team, and why we’re so excited to hear about the progress that the Manchester stroke team will make, thanks to your help.”
The appeal remains open and any further donations will be used to fund resources and equipment to support the new researcher’s work.
To view the appeal video which features Fiona Moss, visit https://youtu.be/bT8YqC2-huw.