Record year for Sheffield brain care charity

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A Sheffield charity has funded more than £200,000 of projects to help patients with brain conditions in a record-breaking year.

One of the schemes paid for thanks to Neurocare’s fundraising is an innovative project to train neurosurgeons with state-of-the-art prosthetic brains.

The Yorkshire Brain School was launched at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital earlier this year and helps surgeons to build their confidence and skills.

A patient area at the same hospital - which is renowned for its neurological expertise - has been refurbished.

It is used by people with debilitating conditions such as motor neurone disease.

Professor Pam Shaw, consultant neurologist, said it made a big difference to patients.

She added: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to create a more comfortable and attractive environment for the patients attending these services.”

And Neurocare, based at Hunters Bar, also secured £18,500 through Sheffield company Westfield Health to buy a new bone scalpel surgical tool which improves complicated spinal operations so that they are quicker and safer to perform.

Patricia Mitchell, Neurocare chief executive, said: “We are really pleased and proud to have had such a successful year and that we have been able to fund so many worthwhile and life-changing projects.”

The charity raised over £17,000 in November alone during a fundraising drive.