THE charity set up by the late Leeds cancer heroine and fundraiser Jane Tomlinson today announced an important new direction as it continues to build on her legacy of courage and compassion.
The Jane Tomlinson Appeal has previously concentrated on distributing grants to a wide range of good causes across the North and Midlands twice a year.
Today, though, it announced that, following a final grants round in the autumn, funds raised by the appeal will instead go direct to four key projects.
* A new scheme that will provide bereavement counselling and support to children in the North and Midlands who have lost a parent or significant loved one;
* The Mini Mermaids and Young Tritons programmes, which support the emotional and physical well-being of youngsters in Leeds, Sheffield and Hull;
* Research at Leeds Beckett University into physiotherapy ‘sports taping’ techniques designed to ease the pain suffered by cancer patients;
* Work at the University of Nottingham on the development of a blood test that will detect breast cancer at an earlier stage.
Jane’s daughter, Suzanne Tomlinson, a trustee of the appeal, said: “We’re so grateful that 10 years after mum passed away that people are still inspired to support the appeal.
“We appreciate every single penny raised for the appeal and every single ounce of effort that it takes. Since its foundation, the appeal has always given grants to other good causes. We now feel the time is right to really focus our efforts on our original ethos, which was to support children and people affected by cancer.
“The four key projects we have chosen reflect mum’s original aims and wishes when founding the appeal. This change of direction builds on the really important work that’s gone before and hopefully sets us on a strong path for the future.
“It also means that our incredible fundraisers can clearly see where their money is going, and the amazing, life-changing, work they are making possible. The appeal is not only helping children and cancer patients right now, but also funding research which could help save lives in the future.”