Since its launch in 2011, almost half a million pounds has been distributed to thousands of families to help them cope with the sudden practical implications of acquired brain injury.
“It is incredibly humbling to think about how many lives have been touched by the Emergency Fund over the past decade,” said Holly Warner, who manages the project.
“When your loved one is fighting for their life in hospital, all you want to do is be by their bedside. People who sustain severe brain injuries are often sent to specialist trauma centres, which can be located hundreds of miles from where their relatives live.
“This means relatives are faced with long and expensive journeys to and from hospital or rehabilitation centres every day. The impact on finances can be extreme, at a time when lives have already been turned upside down.
“Our role is to take a little pressure off families at such a difficult time. Relatively small grants can make a significant difference to the strain families are under.
“We are delighted to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of this hugely important project.”Back