Freemasons fund Brain Injury Specialist

Hundreds of children with acquired brain injury across South Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North Derbyshire will be supported by a Brain Injury Specialist following an £80,000 grant from Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons. Over a two-year period, the grant will fund the specialist, who will be linked to Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital, enabling The Children’s Trust to reach out and support around 500 children in the area. The grant from Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales. Every year, more than 40,000 children in the UK are left with an acquired brain injury. Many make a good physical recovery but experience long-term difficulties such as struggling with concentration and understanding or using language, depression, anxiety and aggression, memory problems and more. Without support, this can lead to school expulsion, mental illness and offending. The Children’s Trust’s brain injury specialists are experienced clinicians, specialising in paediatric brain injury, who will work with the child, family and school, providing specialist advice, brain injury education and classroom strategies to support each child. Tom, aged seven, acquired a brain injury after a bleed on his brain. Fortunately he was able to return to school, but it soon became apparent that Tom was struggling with concentration and showing challenging behaviour. Tom was at risk of being excluded from school. He was referred to The Children’s Trust Brain Injury Specialist, Claire Hall, who was able to explain to Tom, his family and his school why he was having difficulties and make recommendations about how to help Tom such as using rewards for concentration and visual aids. Tom was given one to one support and was eventually able to return to school on a full time basis. Claire met Stuart Grantham and John Boyington of Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons to demonstrate the valuable work of The Children’s Trust. She said: “We are very grateful to Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons for their generous support, enabling The Children’s Trust to continue its essential work supporting children with brain injury.” Stuart Grantham of Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons said: “We are very pleased to be able to help The Children’s Trust who do hugely important work supporting hundreds of children across South Yorkshire and beyond.”

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