Patient Group Bursary Scheme
February 11, 2015
Sanofi UK is delighted to announce the winners of its 2014 Patient Group Bursary Scheme, which supports initiatives across the UK that make a tangible difference to patient empowerment and education. By awarding a share of £50,000 to patient groups, the scheme aims to support organisations where promoting the needs and interests of patients is at the heart of their work.
GOLD BURSARY AWARD (£25,000) – Older People's Advocacy Alliance, the only national UK membership based organisation supporting, promoting and developing the provision of independent advocacy services for older people.
Kath Parson, Chief Executive, Older People’s Advocacy Alliance said, “We are all absolutely delighted to be this year’s winner of the Sanofi Gold Bursary Award. This money will enable us to train older people affected by cancer to themselves become trainers able to deliver advocacy training to local health and social care commissioners. We aim to improve commissioners’ knowledge and understanding of independent advocacy services by learning directly from service users.”
SILVER BURSARY AWARD (£15,000) – TB Alert, a UK based charity that works to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in the UK and the developing world.
Mike Mandelbaum, Chief Executive, TB Alert said, "As an illness that carries a lot of stigma, TB can make patients feel very isolated. By developing a peer support network, we plan to tackle this by bringing people with TB together to share their experiences and improve patient care. The bursary award will enable us to make a tangible difference in the lives of people with TB.”
SMALLER PATIENT GROUP AWARD (£10,000) – Findacure, a UK charity that is building a movement to promote the search and development of treatments for extreme and rare genetic disorders, known as fundamental diseases, on behalf of patients and those who care for them.
New for this year, the smaller patient group award supports the work of patient groups with incomes of £300,000 or less.
Nick Sireau, Co-Founder and Chairman of Findacure said, “We're delighted to have won this award from Sanofi. Patients with fundamental diseases often suffer from isolation and lack of access to treatments. Our one-year pilot peer-to-peer mentoring scheme for nascent patient organisations will be a major step forwards to helping them overcome this.”
Since 2011, Sanofi UK has awarded 11 patient group bursaries to organisations where promoting the needs and interests of patients is at the heart of their work. To find out how previous winners have put their bursary award to good use, please click the links below:
For further information about the Sanofi UK Patient Group Bursary Scheme please contact:
Date of preparation: September 2014 - Job bag number: SAGB.SA.14.09.0439