The Foundation has a particular focus on funding scientific research into the treatment of those affected by the neurodegenerative diseases of ageing, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
On the administrative side, we work closely with the Weston Brain Institute (Link to Weston Brain Institute)and their scientific advisory board to help the Foundation select world class research projects in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Ireland. Of particular interest is the discovery of novel biomarkers which will help clinicians to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases in the early stages and to develop treatments.
Patient and Family Support
Sadly, there is no cure for these diseseases and few therapies. That is why the Foundation also supports organisations that are innovating around the provision of emotional support and practical advice for sufferers and their carers. We are pleased to be funding Rare Dementia Support, a service run by clinicians at UCL providing advice, support and education for those suffering from rare dementias and those who care for them.
COVID 19 Emergency Funding
In recognition of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has been able to secure some external specific funding to enable it to make special donations to assist many of those, including the elderly, who are most vulnerable at this time. Age UK, Age Action Ireland and Alzheimer’s Ireland are three charities who are providing a lifeline to those who are self-isolating.
The Foundation is also funding a new initiative led by the UK charity, Shout, to provide comprehensive emotional and psychological support service for frontline workers using text messaging. Pieta in Ireland is also expanding its ability to handle the surge in anxiety and suicide related calls during this difficult time.
Unfortunately, the Selfridges Group Foundation is unable to take unsolicited applications for funding.