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Scar Free Appeal receives first £1 million gift from The VTCT Foundation

A £1 million donation has boosted The Scar Free Foundation’s ambition to deliver Scar Free therapies within a generation, just as the charity launches its £24 million Scar Free Appeal.

The donation has been made by The VTCT Foundation, formed by the vocational training body VTCT in November 2014, and will underpin the costs of The VTCT Scar Free Healing Coordinating Centre - the first major award to be made within the pioneering research programme. VTCT have been integral to the work of the Scar Free Foundation over recent years having previously given significant support to research undertaken in both burns and cleft lip & palate

The VTCT Scar Free Healing Coordinating Centre will be established in 2016 after a national, competitive process. As well as being a centre of scientific and clinical research excellence, the Centre will coordinate the establishment of other Research Centres and support a UK-wide programme of research grants.

Alex Mahon, Appeal Chair for The Scar Free Foundation commented, “We are delighted that The VTCT Foundation have shown their support for this ambition so early and so fully. We look forward to continuing our close association and working together on the Scar Free healing ambition”.

Rosanna Preston, Chair of The VTCT Foundation, added, “We know the Scar Free Foundation well enough to be confident that they will deliver a world-leading programme of research. For survivors of major burns and trauma, and for those who require surgery for congenital conditions or major disease, we are delighted to be playing a part in delivering new and life saving therapies”.