FGC Support for ASBAH
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RELEASE DATE: 11 August 2010

The Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH), the UKS leading charity providing information, advice and support for spina bifida and hydrocephalus, are set to receive a fantastic fundraising boost, after The  Freemasons’ Grand Charity awarded them a grant £40,000 for medical research into spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

The Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire, Rodney Wolverson, will formally present the cheque for £40,000 to Monica Evans, Trust Officer of ASBAH on Wednesday 11th August. The grant will now go towards funding research at the University of Sheffield, into the use of MRI scans of pregnant women when it is suspected that their baby may have abnormal brain development.

Currently, ultrasound scans are used, but evidence now shows that in utero MRI scans provide much more detailed and additional information, which helps parents to make more informed decisions during the pregnancy.

Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity said, “Funding medical research is at the heart of our grant making. We recognise the value of it within society and have donated more than £8 million to medical research since 1981. We are delighted that this £40,000 grant is assisting the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in their research.”

Helen Al-Sheba, Project Co-ordinator at ASBAH, added, “We are very grateful to the The Freemasons’ Grand Charity for their very generous contribution to our research project at Sheffield University. This grant will assist in the development of this valuable work.”

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