Friends of Rosie receives grant to redesign website following cyber attack

17 Jul 2018

We’re delighted to have received a grant from the Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust to redesign our website after being targeted by cyber criminals earlier this year.

As a small, local charity, our website is an essential tool in helping us to raise awareness and funding for vital children’s cancer research projects in the North West. While the recent hacking did not result in the loss of any personal data, it did result in the total loss of the website. The grant of £3,500 from the Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust will enable us to restore, redesign and relaunch their website and help secure it against future cyber-attacks.

We’ve appointed Wigan-based web development agency, Attain Digital, to develop their new website and provide essential ongoing support.

Says Friends of Rosie Communications Manager, Helen Griffin, “Core to our ethos is ensuring that almost every penny donated to us goes directly on children’s cancer research projects. That’s why we are delighted to receive this grant from the Manchester Guardian Society Trust to develop our new website without diverting any money donated by our amazing supporters. We’re excited to work with the team at Attain to create a great new, secure digital platform for raising awareness and supporting childhood cancer research in the North West.”

Says Attain Digital Managing Director, Danny Parker, “We are delighted to be working with Friends of Rosie and will ensure they receive the very best platform to support them through the years to come. Anything we can do to help raise the profile of childhood cancer research can only be a good thing.”

Earlier this year, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issued a warning to UK charities following an increase in the number of charities being targeted by cyber criminals. They issued guidelines for small charities to outline action steps to take to protect themselves from cyber attacks.