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Project information

The Princess Margaret Fund for Stroke Research

For the first time in history we can actually look to the future and see an end to the misery of stroke. Our goal is to raise £10m over five years so that we can double our investment in stroke research and make a real difference to people's lives.

April 2010 - March 2015

Charity information: The Stroke Association

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  • Need


    Despite the fact that stroke is the UK's third biggest killer, donor's give the equivalent of £100 to cancer research and only 70 pence to stroke research. 150,000 people a year have a stroke in the UK alone. Of these two thirds will die or be severely disabled as a consequence. A stroke can affect anybody, of any age, at any time. This includes the 400 young people who have a stroke in the UK each year.


    With increased funding we will focus on the following four key research areas:

    Preventing strokes - Understanding the role that genetics, lifestyle and diet play in preventing a stroke.

    Better understanding of the brain - How the brain works and recovers after a stroke

    Saving lives - Minimising the effects of brain bleeds and clots and to preserve brain tissue

    Rebuilding lives after stroke - Improving therapies for stroke survivors for a quick and complete recovery after their stroke

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £10m over the next five years, to fund ground-breaking research into stroke


    » Fundraising Viscount David Linley is the Patron of the fund and is leading a lay-led fundraising campaign and is the focus of the campaign brochure.
    » Events In addition to our regular events calendar we have implemented extra events such as exclusive intimate dinners with special guests.

    What success will look like

    Success will be raising the money to be able to increase our funding into stroke research from £2m a year to £4m a year.

  • Impact


    At present we have to decline requests from stroke professors as we do not have the resources available to fund their research projects. With this increased funding we will be able to accept more of these projects. Success will be measured by the number of projects we would turn down for purely financial reasons that we will now be able to fund.


    There is a risk that the applications from the professors will not be strong enough to be accepted for funding. We have dealt with this problem by working alongside the professor to improve their application and helping them find a more suitable area of research to be undertaken.


    We are already in regular conatct with all of our major donors and are constantly keeping them updated on our work. We will keep this communication going throughout the duration of this project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000,000 Collaborative Funding Projects alongside other health organisations
      £2,500,000 Research Grants Funding stroke professors
      £2,500,000 Fellowships Programme Funding stroke students with medical research

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £1,000,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will be nationwide dependent on the university or location of the application


    Anyone who has had a stroke or has a stroke will benefit from the research findings.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Stroke Association is the only UK wide charity dealing with people of all ages affected by stroke. We are also the single biggest UK funder of stroke research.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Various Stroke Researchers And Professors

    The researchers and professors will be delivering the project. It is up to them to make a satisfactory request for a research grant.