NAH cheque presentation.jpgThe Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) has been overcome with gratitude recently when it was announced that the National Accident Helpline has raised £10,000 for the Trust. The staff team at the National Accident Helpline, based in Kettering, Northants took part in a number of challenges throughout the year including a gruelling three peaks event and invited BIRT to receive the cheque for the final amount.  

BIRT's Sarah Hancock, Service Manager from Thomas Edward Mitton (TEM) House in Milton Keynes and BIRT Divisional Manager South, Penny Blackmore attended the cheque presentation. Sarah and Penny were accompanied by Richard Kennedy who was a service user at TEM House and is now resident at TEM's near reach house, Browns Wood

They were very warmly welcomed by Beth Powell, Consumer Director and Adam Rhodes Commercial Director who presented the cheque. The BIRT team and Richard were given a tour of the call centre and offices and Richard was very pleased to be able to quickly identify the new 'Underdog' advertising campaign and message, almost remembering the advert verbatim!

The whole team from The National Accident Helpline was inspired to raise the money including Adam (pictured) who took part in the three peaks challenge. Adam described how even a broken down coach didn't deter the team for long. He told BIRT that this is how much of the money was raised. BIRT are extremely grateful and humbled to think of all the work that the National Accident Helpline has put in to fundraise.

Sam Porteous, Chief Executive of National Accident Helpline, said: At National Accident Helpline we're passionate about improving the lives of brain injury victims and their families across the country.  For the last two years we have been working closely with employees and business partners to help raise funds and awareness for those who are in need of the care and support that BIRT provides.  This year we are delighted to have raised more than £10,000 through various fundraising activities, including the 3 Peaks Challenge. 

"Over the years people and their families have approached us seeking access to justice after receiving a brain injury following an accident. The invaluable work that BIRT does is incredibly inspiring, which is why we think they are such a worthy cause to continue supporting."

BIRT's Penny Blackmore commented; 'We really enjoyed our visit and are truly impressed with National Accident Helpline's fantastic fundraising efforts, thank you so much. The money will be used across BIRT services in the UK in a variety of ways which will enable us to and to add that little bit more to our high quality services for those with brain injuries and also other projects too. '

Pictured: Beth Powell, Consumer Director NAH, Sarah Hancock Service Manager TEM House , Richard Kennedy,  Adam Rhodes, Commercial Director, Penny Blackmore BIRT Divisional Manager South