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Project information

Transform Trauma

Road accidents, falls, violence, fires, terror attacks. 46 people die every single day in the UK from catastrophic trauma injuries. Others may survive but their lives will never be the same.

Help us to help them. Help us to Transform Trauma.


Charity information: Barts Charity

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  • Need


    Every hour in the UK, 2 people will die from a catastrophic trauma injury and another 8 will be left with life-changing disabilities.

    And it can happen to anyone. Many of us have suffered trauma injuries ourselves, or know someone who has.

    Trauma research saves lives and can lessen long term disabilities. Despite this, less than 1% of medical research funding is awarded to trauma projects.


    Research we have already funded has saved 600 lives in London since 2012. Research saves lives. But there is so much more that researchers want to do - like stopping excessive bleeding, or predicting which patients are likely to suffer organ failure.

    Money raised will fund research projects being led by QMUL's Centre for Trauma Sciences and Barts Health's Major Trauma Centre at The Royal London Hospital.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £1million to fund research into improved treatments for trauma injuries


    » The Sunday Mirror is supporting the campaign and encouraging readers to donate. We also have celebrity endorsement from Professor Green
    » We are using social media campaign and digital communications to encourage fundraising
    » Transform Trauma gig on 9 September 2017 in London, headlined by Professor Green

    What success will look like

    By raising enough money to fund one or more significant trauma research projects at the QMUL Centre for Trauma Sciences and Barts Health's Major Trauma Unit.

    Aim 2

    To increase public awareness of trauma as a 'disease', and how research can improve outcomes.


    » A media partnership with the Sunday Mirror is delivering a number of trauma and trauma research features, gaining national coverage
    » Professor Green is fronting interviews on various national TV and radio channels
    » Ongoing social media campaign and use of digital communications
    » Transform Trauma gig on 9 September 2017 in London, headlined by Professor Green

    What success will look like

    That more people will be familiar with the term 'trauma' to mean physical injury and how - like other diseases, like cancer - its impact can be reduced if more research s funded

  • Impact


    Success will be shown by the new research projects to be funded, ultimately leading to fewer deaths and less long-term disability. A greater proportion of medical research funding will be devoted to trauma.


    Very few people are aware of trauma injuries as equivalent to a 'disease', nor do they know that it is possible to undertake research in trauma situations in order to improve future outcomes.
    It may take a prolonged period of campaigning for a wider understanding - and fundraising targets - to be reached.
    Also, high profile incidents such as the Grenfell Tower fire or terrorist attacks may dominate the charity fundraising space and there is a risk of donor fatigue.


    Through our website, newsletters, social media and annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000,000 Trauma research Funding for trauma research project
  • Background


    Centre for Trauma Sciences at the Blizard Institute, part of QMUL's School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the Barts Health Major Trauma Centre at the The Royal London Hospital


    Patients of The Royal London Hospital who are admitted with trauma injuries, and their families. As the results of the research become more widely disseminated, the benefits can extend to trauma patients around the UK and internationally.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Barts Charity has a history of funding medical innovation. We have already funded the creation of QMUL's Centre for Trauma Sciences and funded research projects which have demonstrably saved lives and influenced the treatment of trauma injury worldwide.
    We have strong relationships with the key researchers and clinicians in the field and we can apply the knowledge we have gained from our previous funding as well as our fundraising expertise both to campaign and fundraise for this cause.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Simon Pitts, Barts Charity

    Project lead for the Charity, pulling together the PR, campaigning and fundraising activities and liaising with researchers and clinicians

    Professor Karim Brohi, Professor Of Trauma Sciences At QMUL's School Of Medicine & Dentistry

    Fronting the PR campaign and being chief advisor on trauma research-related matters. Professor Brohi has an international reputation in this field.

"The nature of trauma is shocking. One day you’re one person and the next day you wake up and you’re someone else, and that is really hard to deal with."

Martine, lost both legs in the 7/7/ bombing