The Eyes Alight appeal donations have been paving the way for fun at Thomas Edward Mitton (TEM) House, The Brain Injury Rehabilition Trust's (BIRT's) centre in Milton Keynes. On the 13th of December, the service felt less like a rehabilitation centre and more like Noah’s Ark when residents there were visited by Teaching Talons - a local service who visited with a menagerie of wildlife.
Service users and staff were introduced to and were able to touch and hold giant cockroaches, a giant African land snail, lizards, rats, guinea pigs and hedgehogs. There was even a performing dog that put on a show for the group.
One of the service user’s at TEM House also went to a flight simulator experience with money raised by the Eyes Alight appeal and had a really good time, although he did comment that he would rather it was a helicopter than a Boeing 737. Apparently he was a natural, making a perfect landing at Kuala Lumpur airport.
In addition, a group of six service users from TEM House and seven from the assisted living houses, Browns Wood, attended the ROCK Club Christmas dinner. The fantastic event was held at the Marriot Hotel in Northampton and both service users and staff had a brilliant time. There was a festive three course meal with teas and coffees to finish. After the meal there was a raffle in aid of the ROCK club who had organised the event, and some of the service users and staff were lucky enough to win some early Christmas presents. The atmosphere was jovial as everyone fully embraced the Christmas spirit. The dinner was attended by over 200 people with acquired brain injuries, and support staff members, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.