Simplyhealth donates £24k for children with brain injury
Every year over 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. Many children make a good recovery, but thousands have to live with long-term difficulties. The Children's Trust offers the largest residential brain injury rehabilitation unit in the country. Alongside specialist therapists, health play specialists provide vital time out for children that are receiving treatment to laugh, smile and play. The Children's Trust supports many children, including Ethan who was just nine years old when his parents learned he had a brain tumour. Due to its location, doctors had no choice but to operate. However as a result, Ethan was left with a brain injury, unable to walk, talk or even swallow food properly. When he came for rehabilitation at The Children's Trust, his parents couldn't believe the changes they started to see in him. Speech and language therapists helped Ethan to start using his voice again, and relearn how to swallow. And with the health play specialists tempting him with tasty treats they baked together, Ethan gained confidence in eating again. Mark Hamson, Chairman of Simplyhealth Charitable Committee, said: "We are delighted to support such a worthwhile charity, and fund a specific role that we know will make a big difference to the children receiving treatment at The Children's Trust. We read Ethan's heart-warming story and understand how making time for fun and laughter is an essential part of recovery". Jane Shufflebotham, fundraising executive at The Children's Trust, said: "The money donated by Simplyhealth will make a real and lasting difference to the children undergoing rehabilitation. A health play specialist encourages and helps children who have a brain injury practice the skills they learn during therapy in a fun and exciting way. Often children don't even realise the valuable progress they are making. We are very grateful to everyone at Simplyhealth for their support".