Making a Difference - National

Making a Difference highlights the power of news media titles to campaign for positive change. Earlier this week, an online vote was held to determine which local and national campaigns from the past year are the public's favourites.

The winners will be announced on Friday 9 October. Browse the local campaigns here

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Concussion Campaign

The Mail on Sunday's long-running Concussion Campaign aimed to persuade sport's governing bodies to investigate the link between head injuries and brain damage and invest in research and proper protection for players. 

The team assembled the latest scientific research and the opinion of the best neuroscientists and neuropathologists in the world, and campaigned relentlessly - in Parliament, through players and articles to show direct links between concussion and long-term brain injury.

It is now accepted that there is a link between repeated head injury and brain damage, and much has been done to ameliorate against it, with the implementation of concussion protocol and mandatory rest periods after concussive incidents.

After six years of campaigning, research from the FA revealed that players were three and a half times more likely to die from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or MND than non-playing members of the population. They promised to act immediately.