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Brain injury can strike at any time and affect anyone. It doesn’t discriminate but the consequences are devastating. The Child Brain Injury Trust is there to ensure no one faces childhood acquired brain injury alone. This year, we received no funding from the Government to help pay for our vital support services. We need your help right now as we launch our urgent appeal to raise the funds that we need.

With your support, we can continue to help children like Melissa.

I will never forget the fateful day that changed our lives forever. Melissa was walking home from school when a speeding car knocked her down. She suffered a severe brain injury and lost the ability to walk and talk. Melissa was injured in 2009 and this loss has been very difficult at times to accept and understand, especially because I had only just started letting her walk to and from school by herself. The anger, frustration, and guilt is just too much at times.

Before the injury, Melissa was an outgoing, active and high achieving young girl. Her education, social skills, relationships and sporty way of life have all been affected. She gets tired very easily and the processing speed of her brain is a lot slower which affects her learning. She will have to deal with these changes for the rest of her life.

We are very grateful for the clinical treatment provided by other organisations. But – although Melissa has made fantastic progress – we need non-clinical support to enable us to come to terms with what has happened and plan for the future. This is why we turned to the Child Brain Injury Trust.

The Child Brain Injury Trust has been with us throughout our journey, no matter what we need and when. We are only one of thousands of families throughout the UK who benefit from their long-term support which cannot be found elsewhere. Without them many of us would simply be left isolated, unsupported and confused.

Please help the Child Brain Injury Trust provide much needed support by donating just £3 a month.

Your gift will quite literally change lives, not only for the injured person, but the whole family too; it would help fund the Child Brain Injury Trust’s range of services including the Family Support Services (through which we benefit), Helpline, leaflets, training courses and so much more which are not available elsewhere.

Thank you.

Barbara Shearer,
Parent and supporter.

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