Charity’s joy at funding boost

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A charity is celebrating after being awarded funding to boost its profile.

The British Acoustic Neuroma Association (BANA) has received nearly £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The charity, which moved to Chesterfield’s Tapton Park Innovation Centre in March, provides information and support to people affected by acoustic neuromas – benign brain tumours which grow on the balance nerve in the canal from the ear to the brain.

The tumours have a range of physical and emotional effects, including single-sided deafness, tinnitus, anxiety and fatigue.

They are mainly diagnosed in middle age.

BANA’s chief executive, Debra Nash, said the £9,840 will be used to redevelop the charity’s website and public image.

She added: “This new online presence and updated image will help us to raise awareness of this often misdiagnosed, frequently unheard of, but very affective condition.

“The opportunity to improve upon the fantastic work BANA has achieved so far is great news for the charity.

“We are indebted to the Big Lottery Fund board,” she added.

For more information about BANA, visit or call 01246 550011.