Actress Joely Richardson announced as charity Ambassador for The Children’s Trust

Joely Richardson was this week announced as an official Ambassador of The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, following several visits to its national rehabilitation centre in Tadworth, Surrey. The actress, who is passionate about raising awareness of brain injury after her sister Natasha Richardson sadly died from a brain injury in 2009, spent time with staff, children and young people staying at The Children’s Trust for specialist brain injury rehabilitation. Joely also met with Medical Director and Consultant Paediatrician, Professor Gareth Morgan and Dr Carolyn Dunford to discuss brain injury research. It is estimated that around 40,000 children in the UK acquire a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness every year, leaving them with life-long difficulties. It is hoped that research projects such as those carried out by The Children’s Trust and partner organisations will continue to develop brain injury rehabilitation techniques and improve the life chances of those affected. Whilst at The Children’s Trust Joely met children affected by brain injury, together with staff. These children included eight year old Jasmine (pictured) who was left with a severe brain injury after a road accident. She was unable to move independently, had to be fed through a tube and wasn’t able to speak. After four months, Jasmine completed her rehabilitation – walking, talking and very excited to see her friends again. Commenting on the work of The Children’s Trust, Joely said: “I found The Children’s Trust to be one of the most inspirational places I have ever been. It supports children, and also their families, helping them live the best lives possible following a brain injury. I know as Christmas approaches they will be doing everything possible to make it a magical time. I am sadly aware just how devastating brain injury can be. In 2009 I lost my beloved sister, Natasha, after an accident resulted in a brain injury. When I visited The Children’s Trust I met some very special children including Jasmine and I was staggered to hear the progress she had made. I have seen first-hand the excellent work The Children’s Trust does to support children and young people, and I am privileged to be part of such a wonderful charity.” Dalton Leong, Chief Executive at The Children’s Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the support of Joely Richardson as Ambassador. Awareness of brain injury is increasing, but it is fantastic to have the support of someone so dedicated to helping us increase public understanding. Joely’s involvement has already given such an enormous boost to the children, families and staff at The Children’s Trust and we very much welcome her continued support.” Joely Richardson will be reading at The Children’s Trust Candlelit Christmas Concert on Monday 11 December. For more information visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/christmasconcert Joely with Rhea who she also met during one of her visits to The Children's Trust
Picture: Joely with Jasmine who she met during one of her visits to The Children's Trust

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