The Scar Free Foundation: A Year in Review
2020 marked the 20th year of the Foundation and we are grateful that much of our work has been able to continue despite the obvious challenges.
The year started well, receiving The Sun Military Award (The Millies) for Innovation at the national newspaper’s annual awards ceremony in February. The award recognises the unique partnership between the Foundation and The CASEVAC Veterans’ Club that is supporting work at The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research. The Millies honour serving personnel and reservists for acts of sacrifice and gallantry during the past year, and pay tribute to the companies and charities that have supported the Armed Forces community. Read more about the award here.
In March, after the announcement of lockdown restrictions, the Scar Free team began working from home, with much of our activity put on hold. Whilst our fundraising activity is reduced, our research has now restarted at pace and we were even lucky enough to meet up for an in-person socially-distanced meeting over summer (pictured below).
Over the summer, Amy Ingram joined the Scar Free team as our new Senior Trusts and Foundations Manager, bringing more than 15 years’ experience fundraising with a number of different charities.
In a departure from tradition, this year we held our Annual Update event virtually which offered the Foundation’s supporters, researchers and Ambassadors a digital insight into the past year. Dr Richard Williams, Professor Iain Whitaker and our Ambassador Justyn Hollett all gave presentations; all of which you can watch here.
Finally, for the first time, the Foundation ran a fundraising campaign over November which focused on what scar free healing meant to many of those who support us including researchers, Ambassadors and donors. We were so pleased to have raised more than our target, and would like to thank all those who donated. Watch our Giving Tuesday video here, and if you would like to donate, you are still able to using this link.
We are so grateful to you for your support over the most difficult year the Foundation has ever faced. With your support, we have been able to continue with our lifechanging research and maintain our work towards a scar free future. On behalf of the whole team, we hope you have a peaceful and safe Christmas.