To celebrate 25 years of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), staff and service users from across the UK have been challenged to walk, cycle, run and wheel 25 miles around their local area. 'Birt', the BIRT mascot, has been accompanying them along the way!

York House

Meanwhile in York, staff and service and users at York House challenged themselves to walk around the medieval bar wallsin the city. They managed to complete 48 miles as a group. Service users Orla and Lili contributed to the challenge by riding their bikes on the trip. Jess May, Therapy Assistant said “It was brilliant to see both staff and service users getting involved in something fun together as well as raising awareness of the great work BIRT has achieved in its 25 years”.

The Woodmill

As part of the celebrations, a group from The Woodmill in Devon started their challenge by walking two miles around Cullompton in Devon. They were joined on the trip by a four legged friend, Ruskie the support dog from ‘Pets as Therapy’ and Birt, the Trust’s brain injury mascot.

More challenges by all of the BIRT services are underway to mark the 25 mile challenge. Keep checking back for updates.

Fen House

Service users, Jon and Steve, from BIRT centre Fen House, worked together to organise and participate in a charity bike rideon Wednesday 21st September at a local park in Ely Cambridgeshire.

The challenge was to cycle 25 miles with the help of their therapists, families, friends, staff and other service users to commemorate the 25th anniversary of BIRT.

Thomas Edward Mitton House

Highlights so far have included a full day of cycling at Thomas Edward Mitton House (TEM) in Milton Keynes with a Tour de France theme.

Tina Tupper, Service Manager at TEM House said: “We were all dressed up in our French-inspired finery and shared out the cycling so that everyone cycled at 'Stage TEM' for about 5 minutes or more each. It was a great day.”