PSPA receives grant from Global’s Make Some Noise to fund life changing services


Global’s Make Some Noise, the official charity of the Media & Entertainment group Global, has distributed grants to 60 small charities and projects across the UK following its determined fundraising efforts in 2021.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of listeners across Global’s radio brands – Capital, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold, UK charity PSPA, whose head office is located in Milton Keynes, has received £45,000 from Global’s Make Some Noise to support its vital work to improve the lives of people living with two neurological conditions called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD).

The money granted to PSPA will fund the new PSPA Link Service and enable life-changing benefits to families and individuals across the UK. It will also cover the cost of a Volunteer Coordinator role to help recruit, train and support volunteers delivering the service in their community over the next year.

Rebecca Packwood, PSPA’s CEO, said: “We are extremely grateful for the grant we have be awarded by Global’s Make Some Noise.

“PSP & CBD are life limiting conditions which over time cause problems with balance, speech, vision, swallowing and mobility. Since the conditions are not well known, affected families can feel confused, scared and alone as they face the rapidly changing challenges increasing symptoms bring.

“Recognising the impact PSP & CBD has on individuals and families, this generous grant will enable PSPA to launch and deliver a brand new Link Service. This service aims to reduce isolation by providing one to one support to carers, family members and people diagnosed with PSP or CBD, either by telephone, email or face to face.

“We look forward to moving this service forward and increasing our support to everyone affected by PSP & CBD.”

Now in its eighth year of service, Global’s Make Some Noise has supported over 400 local charities whose remarkable work has helped a total of 150,000 people across the UK. The money raised has paid for food banks, befriending projects for the elderly and isolated, cancer wellbeing programmes, domestic abuse refuges, employment training and physical therapy for people with disabilities.

Last year’s donations will fund the following support and essential services for over 22,000 people in the next 12 months:

• 1000 hours of holistic support to people experiencing homelessness – from, housing and food banks, to employability skills training.
• Over 5,500 hours of intensive support for people affected by domestic abuse, including children and young people.  
• Over 9000 hours of mental health support including 1:1 counselling sessions, online chat services and therapeutic group work.  
• Nearly 2000 youth work sessions for young people facing difficult life challenges. 
• Over 1,500 hours of digital literacy training for people with learning disabilities or sight loss, those facing homelessness and older generations.
• 59 specialist roles including, a Housing Manager at a homelessness project, a speech and language therapist for children with Down syndrome, four case workers specialising in domestic abuse, and a Bereavement Support Worker for children who have lost a close family member.

Emma Bradley, Director of Global Goodness at Global said: “It’s been an incredibly tough couple of years for everyone. With the cost of living continuing to increase many more people will turn to local groups for help, putting extra strain on their resources. So we’re pleased to be able to help small charities at the centre of communities and will continue to raise money and awareness for their vital work.”