Helping prevent haemorrhagic stroke with The Natalie Kate Moss Trust

by | Apr 10, 2024 | Fundraising, Research | 0 comments

The Natalie Kate Moss Trust (NKMT) was set up in 2012 by the Moss family, following the sudden death of Natalie at the age of 26 after an unexpected brain haemorrhage.

Focusing on turning this tragedy into something positive, their mission is to empower more people to understand how to prevent lifestyle-related brain haemorrhages from occurring, while generating funds to support ground-breaking research at the Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre to treat them when they do.

An important mission

When they first approached The University of Manchester in 2012 to see if there was any research they could support, there was just one PhD student working on haemorrhagic stroke.

It was this initial conversation that became the catalyst for this long partnership, dedicated to one clear mission: to save more lives from ending too soon as a result of brain haemorrhages.

The statistics speak for themselves. Every year, there are 4.6 million cases of haemorrhagic stroke globally, and only 3 out 5 of those people will survive within one month, resulting in 3 million people each year being lost to a brain haemorrhage.

What we’re doing

Brain haemorrhages are the most fatal subtype of stroke, and even if someone does survive, they will likely face severe disability.

In partnership with NKMT, we are committed to changing these statistics. Our collaboration has seen more focus placed on this area of research, increased numbers of researchers, and a centre of excellence for brain research.

This work is beginning to translate into real results and real treatments that are now being tested more widely in the NHS, following local evidence in Manchester that they can reduce mortality at one month by 10% after a brain haemorrhage.

Real results, real people, real lives

There is more work to be done to find new lifesaving treatments after a brain haemorrhage, and also around prevention, through better education on the management of blood pressure.

Hypertension is the leading cause of lifestyle-related brain haemorrhages. On average, a third of the population has high blood pressure, with 50% of those people going undiagnosed, putting them at risk of brain haemorrhage and other health complications.

As NKMT moves forward, they are developing a prevention campaign highlighting the importance of hypertension as a cause of brain haemorrhages. They aim to tackle this issue through awareness campaigns, working with employers and strategic partners to change people’s behaviours and habits of blood pressure monitoring.

Given that hypertension results in 10 million deaths a year worldwide, this is a major task, but NKMT are determined to ‘prevent the preventable’ where possible.

NKMT has grown year on year since it was established in 2012. Last year, it was nominated for two Charity of the Year awards, and it is this growth that ultimately enables them to support the research being done by Professor Stuart Allan, our Centre co-director, and his team, who are working to create better outcomes for haemorrhagic stroke victims.

To find out more, visit the NKMT website, or follow them on Instagram and LinkedIn.