Funding to support children with brain injuries in London

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable arm, awarded The Children’s Trust £60,000 to fund a brain injury specialist who will help children in the capital to maximise their participation in everyday life. The Children’s Trust, based in Tadworth, Surrey, is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. The grant will fund the charity’s brain injury specialist based at St George’s Hospital, London, providing clinical screening, advice and neurorehabilitation for young people. The brain injury specialist is part of The Children’s Trust’s Brain Injury Community Service which supports children from across the UK. The service offers assessment and clinical support after young people with the lifelong condition have been discharged from hospital and at key stages of childhood. It is expected that 350 children in London will benefit from the support each year. Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, commented: “This charity has already helped hundreds of children with newly diagnosed brain injuries to received specialist support and achieve their goals. “There is a clear need for this service in London which is helping children maintain their independence on the road to recovery.” “City Bridge Trust is committed to making London a fairer place to work and live.” Katy James, Head of The Children’s Trust Brain Injury Community Service, added: “Things that come naturally to children as they get older such as getting organised for school, completing tasks or simply fitting in with peer groups, can present real challenges for a child or young person with acquired brain injury, and this can lead to isolation, low mood and often depression. “The Brain Injury Community Service will continue to provide clinical support tailored to the child and family’s needs when they need it, to help children with acquired brain injury take as a full a part in their everyday life as possible.” City Bridge Trust is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage and inequality across the capital. The Trust has awarded around 7,700 grants totalling over £370 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.

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