The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) has
been overcome with gratitude recently when it was announced that
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
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