Improving the treatment and care of people in the UK who suffer an asbestos-related disease, occupation caused cancer or catastrophic injury will be the focus of a new Slater & Gordon philanthropic fund.
The details of the new Slater & Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund have been announced at a policy forum in Westminster this evening in front of a range of stakeholders, academics and MPs.
The cross party event featured a keynote address from Bill Shorten, leader of the federal opposition in Australia, who led the discussions promoting social and economic justice for people living with disability.
The international fund will provide more than £1 million in grants by 2020 to not-for-profit groups including health organisations and research bodies in both the United Kingdom and Australia.
Slater & Gordon Group Managing Director Andrew Grech said the grants would support research and health projects to improve the treatment of thousands of people in both countries and would focus on projects to benefit people suffering from asbestos-related diseases, workplace caused cancers and catastrophic injuries.
He said: “As a firm we are committed to improving the lives of our clients and the health and research projects that receive grants from the fund will be those that have potential to make a tangible difference to peoples’ lives by striving to improve treatment and care.
“Asbestos-related disease and cancers contracted in the workplace cause untold misery for thousands of people and their families in the UK every year. We hear about some of these struggles first-hand when we represent clients and are honoured to do what we can to help them. However, we believe our firm can play a broader role in advocating for better treatment and support for people suffering from these terrible conditions.
“Many of our clients live with the consequences of a catastrophic injury and a further focus for the fund will be projects that have the potential to improve health care and support for people who have suffered spinal or brain injury.”
An expert advisory committee will be established to provide advice on highest priorities for the Fund which is expected to begin receiving applications in March this year.
Slater & Gordon is one of the UK’s largest consumer law firms and boasts an almost 80-year history of advocating for social justice and law reform. The firm has more than 800 staff across 13 locations in the United Kingdom.
To register to receive an application package email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be considered annually for health and research organisations and throughout the year for professionals or individuals undertaking education initiatives.