The purpose was to support families of children with head injuries and to find funding to sponsor research into this area. The founding group met regularly at the Atkinson Morley Hospital. During this time, the Trust produced information sheets about a wide range of aspects of head injury in children ranging from intensive care through the stages of recovery and rehabilitation, education and medico-legal aspects for parents and professionals.
Child Head Injury Trust became an official charity registered with the Charity Commission. The administration moved to Oxford, where Dr. Judith Wardle, a parent of a child with a brain injury coordinated work in raising funds and awareness and acted as Chairman of the Trust.
The Helpline was established and a residential holiday for siblings of children with a brain injury and an AGM were held at Twycross Zoo.Our reports ‘Scotland’s Invisible Children’ and ‘High & Dry’ (Northern Ireland) were launched attracting media attention and providing a family focus for the charity. The ‘Hand-Up’ Grants programme for young people was established. 1,000 families were receiving support.
In 2015 we expect to increase this by a further 5% and widen our support to new areas across the UK. We have also seen the introduction of a new and innovative learning programme which means that anyone can access our learning and information service wherever they are in the world.
Having achieved the ‘Information Standard’ – we are excited to be developing new and exciting materials which will be available in 2015.
Our board of trustees remain committed and focussed to seeing the charity grow and develop and the staff team are determined to ensure we do our utmost for all families affected by childhood acquired brain injury