Firstly, we'd like to say on behalf of the National Tremor Foundation an enormous thank you for your support in 2021!

Throughout the entire year your support to us and each other has been overwhelming, we would not have got through such a challenging time without your goodwill. You have been amazing!

In 2021 we had the fantastic news that NHS England have made funding available for Magnetic Resonance-guided focused ultrasound (FUS) for the treatment of essential tremor.

The National Tremor Foundation is extremely proud to have played a small part in assisting the dedicated and hardworking team at Imperial Health healthcare, and campaigning with the team at Insightec to raise awareness of essential tremor. The NTF also thanks every single person who wrote to their Member of Parliament and helped make this happen.

In 2021 we are also proud of the work of Mary Ramsey, Dr Tom Gilbertson and MSP Rhoda Grant who continue to campaign to make FUS available on NHS Scotland. We look forward to future developments in 2022.

We would like to thank everyone that got involved and raised awareness of essential tremor for National Essential Tremor Awareness (NETA) month in March, It was our biggest ever! During NETA month 2021 the NTF held seven online meetings attracting over 250 people to raise awareness, offer interesting discussions, friendly meetups and talks by speakers on essential tremor.

The NTF is grateful for the hard work of support group members who raised awareness during National Essential Tremor Awareness month. Members put up posters and secured coverage in over 10 newspapers and radio programmes, which shows how NTF supporters can really make a difference.

A sincere thank you to NTF President Lord Julian Fellowes for his continued support and work during NETA month. He has encouraged and inspired many people to open up about essential tremor.

We would like to thank Coronation Street actor Rob Mallard. We are grateful for all his help raising awareness during NETA month by taking part in a number of radio programmes and supporting young adults. 

In addition, we would like to thank our volunteers, support group members and the NTF Trustees who have supported us throughout the year.

A special mention to:

Speakers

Phil Alcock, British Nordic Walking Association

Professor Lettie Bishop, Loughborough University

Professor Hayriye Cagnan, Oxford University

Leslie Carter, Age UK

Professor Wady Gedroyc, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare

Karen Hull, Neurophysiotherapist

Kim Jones, Chair Yoga

Jeff Kilner, Head Teacher

Geoff Sleight for sharing his experience of FUS

Partners

James Blann, Insightec, who has been a fantastic speaker and campaigner

Our new partners: Boston Scientific.

Fundraisers

Fred Jewitt, Andrew Johnson, Anne-Lise Christmas and Jo Brown who collectively raised £2400 running the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

Marcus Baker for raising over £300 by doing a live computer game charity stream. 

Anthony Murphy who climbed Mount Snowdon and raised over £200.

Katie Barrow, for her SOSA Dance Fitness fundraising event Dance and Sing Along which raised over £220.

NTF Trustee and Children’s Liaison Officer Kitty Reilly who has raised £1150 running the Edinburgh Marathon and will be running the London Marathon in 2022.

We are especially grateful to our individual donors who raised over £5000; your generosity has helped us support people with neurological tremor.

If you would like to help us make a difference to improving the lives of others in 2021, there is still time. Just go to www.tremor.org.uk/donate

Finally, The National Tremor Foundation would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!

With warm wishes

The NTF

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