Christmas Campaign 2016: where your money goes

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  • Families visiting Santa with our team in Northern Ireland

We’re so grateful for all the donations made so far to our Christmas campaign. Please keep sharing this Just Giving page with your friends, family and colleagues. The Child Brain Injury Trust relies on donations to keep helping families across the UK deal with the impact of brain injury when there is nowhere else to turn to. After getting in touch with the Child Brain Injury Trust, families tell us they are, “in a much better place and able to move forward, feeling stronger and that we have someone to turn to whenever we need help.”

So far this December, we have enabled over 200 family members to enjoy a festive treat as a family at one of our free days out. While it’s easy for many of us to take these festive treats for granted, a trip to the panto or visit to Santa can be extremely challenging when a family faces financial difficulties or concerns about behaviour or accessibility.  One parent tells us the difference these days out make to their family:

“We found families in similar situations and created social groups to support our kids.”

Sadly, limited funds mean we can’t help all those affected; each event had at least ten more families on the waiting list. Please donate to our Christmas campaign and help us support more families coping with life after a child’s brain is injured.

Here’s how your donations can help:

£90 provides a whole day of support from our Helpline

For many families who don’t know where to turn for support, finding our Helpline is a huge relief. We are able to provide an understanding ear and reassure them that, whatever challenges they’re facing, they’re not alone.

£50 would pay for a support worker to visit a family at home

These visits help families feel less stressed and alone. As one parent told us, “When the support worker came to our house, she helped me understand everything and she helped me explain it all to my daughter’s two little sisters.”

£20 allows our staff to deliver a session in school for classmates

It can be especially hard for children and young people to understand brain injury – an often invisible disability. One parent told us that, following her injury, most of her daughter’s old friends no longer stay in touch: “They struggle with the change and knowing how to interact.” A donation of £20 allows one of our support workers to go into a child’s school and deliver a peer awareness session. This helps friends and classmates understand a child’s injury and how they can support them.

£10 pays for information packs to be sent to five families

Our easy to understand, jargon-free information packs help families understand and explain to others the complexities of acquired brain injury.

Help us continue to build bridges and close the gaps in services for families coping with life after a child’s brain is injured. Donate today so that we can stop families feeling isolated and alone.

To find out more about the support we offer, contact our Helpline on 0303 303 2248 (open 9-5 Monday to Friday, charged at a local rate) or by emailing helpline@cbituk.org.

 

December 13th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |