Tom’s Trust is celebrating after being awarded £10,000 of National Lottery Community Fund cash to provide psychological support to children with brain tumours and their families.
Tom’s Trust provides mental health, wellbeing and psychological support to children and their families in the East of England and North East.
Throughout the pandemic, providing support was challenging for Tom’s Trust clinical psychologists and the service had to be reconfigured and offered remotely, like many others. The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund will help to ensure we can continue to provide support virtually, but also enable us to go back to face-to-face cognitive assessments to support children throughout their treatment and beyond.
Cognitive assessments are a key tool in ensuring children reach their full potential. Our support helps these children retain as much cognitive function as possible and we see improvements in 100% of the children we support in their cognitive and emotional states.
Early intervention with the support Tom’s Trust provides reduces the likelihood of long-term disabilities (NHS England Neuro-rehabilitation service specification 2014) and provides the best chance for children to get back to school, resume their lives and go on to achieve their full potential.
Debs Mitchell, co-founder of Tom’s Trust said:
“We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. All the funding we get goes into providing essential psychological support for children and their families at a very difficult time in their life. This will be a much-needed boost to our fundraising activity and we’re really grateful that we’ve received this award.”