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The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation, one of the UK’s most established charity grant makers, have supported the work of The Scar Free Foundation for more than 10 years. Most recently, the Trust has agreed a generous grant to support life-changing research at The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research towards our innovative DeScar project.

The DeScar project is the first-in-human clinical trial of a new wound dressing – the first to actively prevent scar formation whilst promoting healing. Loaded with the anti-scarring protein DECORIN, the newly engineered dressing is designed to address several of the drawbacks of traditional dressings, minimising the occurrence and therefore the impact of scarring.

Commenting on the award, Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation said, “The Trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation are delighted to be able to support this exciting and innovative research. The Scar Free Foundation mission, to end scarring in all its forms and the pain and loss of function they cause, is clear, ambitious and one we can get behind. Having previously supported research in burns and cleft with Scar Free, the Trustees were pleased to continue this journey in our support for the DeScar trial. This product brings real hope for future survivors of traumatic wounds and is another important step towards a world without scarring”.

Brendan Eley, Chief Executive of The Scar Free Foundation said of the award, “Now, more than ever before, the support of long-standing supporters for our Scar Free mission is invaluable. The impact of this research will mean that people with traumatic injuries will have access to better, pro-healing treatments. People with scarring often say better treatments could be life-changing, and I am thrilled that the Garfield Weston Foundation Trustees are partnering with us once again to change lives”.

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £80 million annually. It was established in 1958 by the Weston family and is one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK which has donated over £1 billion in total. The Trustees are descendants of the founder and the Weston family continues to take a highly active and hands-on approach. The Trustees of the Foundation have long invested in both the vision and the implementation of scar free healing – making significant contributions to our life-changing research in cleft lip and palate, and burns. We are enormously grateful for their support.

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