A leading law firm has opened the next wave of applications for funding to support health groups and research bodies dedicated to improving the treatment of illnesses and injuries which affect its clients.
Slater and Gordon’s Health Projects and Research Fund will focus on teams at the forefront of caring for people with asbestos related illnesses, occupation caused cancers or significant disability caused by brain or spinal injury. The law firm has committed to grant £500,000 to projects by 2020.
Not for profit and charitable health, rehabilitation, allied health, and research bodies are all eligible and have until Friday 17th July 2015 to submit their applications.
The philanthropic fund made its first round of grants in 2014. A total of £103,500 was granted to eight applicants including leading charities, education establishments and health institutions.
Slater and Gordon Group Managing Director Andrew Grech said: “We’ve already seen eight outstanding projects benefit from this fund and we want to support even more initiatives.
“As a firm we are committed to improving the lives of our clients and the health and research projects that receive grants from the fund will be those that have potential to make a tangible difference to peoples’ lives by striving to improve treatment and care.
“Asbestos-related disease and cancers contracted in the workplace cause untold misery for thousands of people and their families in the UK every year.
“We hear about some of these struggles first-hand when we represent clients and are honoured to do what we can to help them. However, we believe our firm can play a broader role in advocating for better treatment and support for people suffering from these terrible conditions.
“Many of our clients live with the consequences of a catastrophic injury and a further focus for the fund will be projects that have the potential to improve health care and support for people who have suffered spinal or brain injury.”
Last year’s beneficiaries include researchers at University Hospital North Staffordshire and Keele University who are developing a breath test to diagnose lung cancer and The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability which will develop a musical therapy programme to support its rehabilitation and long term care programme for adults with severe brain injury or illness.
Slater and Gordon is one of the UK’s largest consumer law firms and boasts an almost 80-year history of advocating for social justice and law reform. The firm has more than 3,800 staff across 27 locations in the United Kingdom.