Broadcaster Richard Hammond paid a special visit to The Children's Trust on 16th July to open our brand new residential rehabilitation centre for children with acquired brain injuries. The £7 million centre, funded entirely by voluntary donations, will enable us to help even more children from across the UK rebuild their lives after sustaining a devastating brain injury as a result of a tragic accident or severe illness.
Richard Hammond spent the morning meeting children, parents and staff before the opening ceremony. He was escorted on his visit by 13 year old Chas, who stayed at the Trust for rehabilitation in 2008 after being severely injured in a skiing accident.
Having sustained a serious brain injury himself in a near fatal accident whilst filming for the BBC’s Top Gear in 2006, Richard Hammond explained that the care and rehabilitation of brain-injured children was a cause close to his heart:
“I know only too well the challenges people face following a severe brain injury, but for a child there are extra dimensions because their brains are still developing. This amazing new building will help The Children's Trust’s specially trained staff give these children the best chance of rebuilding their lives.”
Commenting on the opening of the building, Andrew Ross, Chief Executive of The Children's Trust, said:
“It has been wonderful to celebrate the opening of our new centre with the children, families and staff who are using it, as well as the generous individuals and organisations who have funded it. Our challenge was to design a facility for the nursing and care of children with the most complex physical, psychological and social needs without losing sight of our main purpose: to give the children a road back to normality, marrying expert care with a ‘can do’ attitude to disability.”
Richard Hammond recently became a Vice-President of The Children's Trust. It is the first time he has formalised his relationship with a charity. Our rehabilitation centre for children with acquired brain injuries is the largest in the UK.
Information provided by the Press Office at The Children’s Trust. Telephone: 01737 365890 (Michelle Baillie) or 01737 365077 (Rob Wood). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.