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Dear Friend,

For those that have donated and supported us over the recent months we are more than grateful. Please spread the word on the importance of our nurses and specialist network specifically in the current situation of crisis. And now the news that everyone is wating for. We have a new nurse working for us in Southampton covering the Wessex region. Welcome Tracey Kenyon to the team of Specialist Neurofibromatosis Nurses 

Tracey initially trained as an adult and paediatric nurse and Health Visitor. After acquiring a range of experience in paediatric nursing she moved into Health Visiting before moving into child development and disability services, initially as a Specialist Health Visitor and latterly as a Nurse Consultant.

Since then, Tracey has been involved in teaching and working for the DWP, but COVID and working from home, has made her realise she wants to return to working with people, the NF community and is now based at Wessex Clinical Genetics Service - Southampton.

As you know Nerve Tumours UK funds a unique Specialist Support Network for the 26,500 plus, children and adults, diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF), one of the most common neuro-genetic conditions, that causes tumours to grow on nerve endings, and with many associated medical issues. A predominantly community-based service, offering both medical and non-medical advice and support, not just in clinics, but in schools, in employment, navigating the welfare system, and acting as advocates in tribunal and legal cases. These Specialists are highly qualified medical professionals and therapists and link with the many other professionals involved in the care of anyone with NF.

We are a "one-stop-shop" for people with NF and each member of our Network currently reaches out to between 500-3500 families per year, so thousands of families affected by Neurofibromatosis have a better quality of life because of this medical, practical and emotional support. New referrals come along each week, yet without our Specialist Support Network, there is no such for these patients elsewhere. We anticipate that for each person with NF that we help, we also help on average 8 members of their wider network, thus helping hundreds of thousands.

Families affected by NF contact the team for a wide range of reasons as it is a very complex and varied condition. People are often both vulnerable and often isolated, and are immensely distressed by the current situation, as some of their complications make them more susceptible to catching Covid-19. NF is not well understood by most of the medical profession, most GPs will have only a handful of patients on their list, so their experience is likely to be limited and non-medical professionals may have little or no knowledge of the condition. Our team will link individuals to other resources thus helping to achieve some sense of control in a situation that feels potentially threatening and unsafe.

Therefore, over the past months, we have had no choice but to continue operating on a business as usual basis as best we can, running up all usual core costs, whilst our income streams have been totally depleted. Both of the vacancies that we planned to fill in 2020 now have a nurse in place. This is not where we want to stop as there are too many regions in the UK without access to the specialist service and our planning has already started. Stay tuned for further positive news over the next months and if you can support us. We will continue with our aim to make every day better for those that have the illness.  We hope for your continued support as the network is growing and your donations helped us to be able to do so. 

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Dear Friend,

For those that have donated and supported us over the recent months we are more than grateful. Please spread the word on the importance of our nurses and specialist network specifically in the current situation of crisis. And now the news that everyone is wating for. We have a new nurse working for us in Sheffield covering the the South Yorkshire region and welcome Clare Dhillon to the team of Specialist Neurofibromatosis Nurses 

As you know Nerve Tumours UK funds a unique Specialist Support Network for the 26,500 plus, children and adults, diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF), one of the most common neuro-genetic conditions, that causes tumours to grow on nerve endings, and with many associated medical issues. A predominantly community-based service, offering both medical and non-medical advice and support, not just in clinics, but in schools, in employment, navigating the welfare system, and acting as advocates in tribunal and legal cases. These Specialists are highly qualified medical professionals and therapists and link with the many other professionals involved in the care of anyone with NF.

We are a “one-stop-shop” for people with NF and each member of our Network currently reaches out to between 500-3500 families per year, so thousands of families affected by Neurofibromatosis have a better quality of life because of this medical, practical and emotional support. New referrals come along each week, yet without our Specialist Support Network, there is no such for these patients elsewhere. We anticipate that for each person with NF that we help, we also help on average 8 members of their wider network, thus helping hundreds of thousands.

Families affected by NF contact the team for a wide range of reasons as it is a very complex and varied condition. People are often both vulnerable and often isolated, and are immensely distressed by the current situation, as some of their complications make them more susceptible to catching Covid-19. NF is not well understood by most of the medical profession, most GPs will have only a handful of patients on their list, so their experience is likely to be limited and non-medical professionals may have little or no knowledge of the condition. Our team will link individuals to other resources thus helping to achieve some sense of control in a situation that feels potentially threatening and unsafe.

Therefore, over the past months, we have had no choice but to continue operating on a business as usual basis as best we can, running up all usual core costs, whilst our income streams have been totally depleted. On of the two vacancies that we planned to fill this year is now already working so stay tuned over the next weeks for further positive announcemnts. We will continue with our aim to make every day better for those that have the illness.  We hope for your continued support as the network is growing and your donations helped us to be able to do so. 

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Dear Supporter,

For those that have donated and supported us over the recent months we are more than grateful. Please spread the word on the importance of our nurses and specialist network specifically in the current situation of crisis. 

As you know Nerve Tumours UK funds a unique Specialist Support Network for the 26,500 plus, children and adults, diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF), one of the most common neuro-genetic conditions, that causes tumours to grow on nerve endings, and with many associated medical issues. A predominantly community-based service, offering both medical and non-medical advice and support, not just in clinics, but in schools, in employment, navigating the welfare system, and acting as advocates in tribunal and legal cases. These Specialists are highly qualified medical professionals and therapists and link with the many other professionals involved in the care of anyone with NF.

We are a “one-stop-shop” for people with NF and each member of our Network currently reaches out to between 500-3500 families per year, so thousands of families affected by Neurofibromatosis have a better quality of life because of this medical, practical and emotional support. New referrals come along each week, yet without our Specialist Support Network, there is no such support for these patients elsewhere. We anticipate that for each person with NF that we help, we also help on average 8 members of their wider network, thus helping hundreds of thousands.

Families affected by NF contact the team for a wide range of reasons as it is a very complex and varied condition. People are often both vulnerable and often isolated, and are immensely distressed by the current situation, as some of their complications make them more susceptible to catching Covid-19. NF is not well understood by most of the medical profession, most GPs will have only a handful of patients on their list, so their experience is likely to be limited and non-medical professionals may have little or no knowledge of the condition. Our team will link individuals to other resources thus helping to achieve some sense of control in a situation that feels potentially threatening and unsafe.

Therefore, over the past months, we have had no choice but to continue operating on a business as usual basis as best we can, running up all usual core costs, whilst our income streams have been totally depleted. This year we had planned to fill two vacancies and introduce two new posts, but given the current financial climate, we have had to put these plans on hold.

We are now asking for your help to get back on track, please. No matter how small the donation, every pound helps. As always, all monies received via this platform will be restricted to fund new regional posts. We will keep you updated over the next months on progression and our planned fulilment in regards to the vacant positions and possibile new aditions to the specialist Neurofibromatosis nurses team with the aim to make every day better for those that have the illness.  

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Dear Friends & Supporters,

How quickly this year has gone by, and what a busy year it has been for the charity.  

We have said goodbye to one of our nursing team, Ruth Drimer, who was based in Leeds. Ruth has been an absolute pleasure to deal with over the years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all that she has done for the people of Yorkshire and Humberside, and for the charity, as a whole. We wish her luck in her new profession. We do try to fill these vacancies that crop up as soon as possible, but we are subject to the working practices of our partners, and these do seem to take time, so please bear with us!

Many people have different views on what the charity should be doing for them. We are a small team, and so need to pick our battles carefully. 

We think the most important thing we can do is to make sure you have access to a Specialist Neurofibromatosis Nurse wherever you live in the country, so that you have the correct level of support and advice. This is exactly why we set up the OneMoreNurse Campaign four years ago.

Therefore, it gives me enormous pleasure to announce that we have just successfully recruited a Specialist Neurofibromatosis Nurse for a brand new post that will be based in Sheffield. We are hoping that this post will be operational early in the New Year. This achievement is a direct result of all of you, who contribute to the campaign, and words cannot express how grateful we are for your donations.

However, times are becoming more and more challenging, and we will need to be more creative over the years to come, to make sure you all have access to the same level of services. Our door is always open to anyone with new thoughts or enterprising ideas about how we can achieve this!

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Due to your overwhelming generosity and support, the total funds that we have raised from the OneMoreNurse Campaign through GlobalGiving over the last few years, have exceeded our initial target,Our regionally based Specialist
Neurofibromatosis (NF) Nurses currently support nearly 1300 children, with a rate of new referrals of approximately 15 per
month. Of this cohort, circa 1200 of them are in the school system. We are also aware that there are still large swathes
of the UK that do not have regionally based Specialist NF Nurses. Three more will come on board in the next year, but many more are required. If you live in such an area our two Specialist NF Nurses, who operate the National Helpline are still able to help and with your donations you do have a massive impact on running this Helpline

We will announce further details when we have a confirmed start date, but we are hoping it will be before the end of this year.

Thank you all for your commitment and donations.

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