I am delighted to bring you an update on how money raised by the Eyes Alight appeal has benefitted BIRT service users.
Eyes Alight was originally set up by Izzy Judd to help the service users who are supported by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) to have experiences that make their eyes "light up" with pleasure whilst they are in the process of rehabilitation from acquired brain injury.
Following recent donations, staff from BIRT services have liaised with the people we support to decide how they would like to spend the money. The funds have been used to contribute to a range of activities described here.
Kent House recently benefitted from a large Eyes Alight donation towards the centre’s new Garden Room, kindly opened by Izzy and Harry earlier this year. The centre plans to allocate their remaining Eyes Alight donations to enable service users to enjoy trips to the cinema and theatre. There are also ideas to purchase a large screen television so the centre can create an old fashion cinema setting hosting “movie afternoons”.
At Fen House it was decided to purchase a wide screen television and cinema surround sound system so they could host film nights – especially for those who are currently unable go to the cinema. Fen House is also hoping to use some of their Eyes Alight money to purchase televisions for people who do not have them in their rooms. At Goole Neurorehabilitation Centre they also used their money to purchase a wide screen television for service users to enjoy whilst relaxing.
Service Users from Redford Court, in Liverpool, have benefited from a number of activities which have included a canal trip, a theatre trip to watch ‘Grease’ and entertainers coming to the centre, such as singer Billy Nelson, and a theatre company performed ‘Putting on the Ritz’. Everybody is looking forward to a number of other theatre trips later this year including popular musicals ‘Dreamboats and Miniskirts’ and ‘Hairspray’.
Further Eyes Alight donations contributed to a theatre company visiting the service and performing an ‘Around the World’ musical show. Everybody took part, using musical instruments and singing along. The donations have also been contributing to the fitness and wellbeing of those at The Woodmill; funding visits to a specialist swimming pool. They have really enjoyed the therapeutic benefits from swimming and they have been practising doing laps as well as just enjoying being in the pool.
Elsewhere across BIRT, people from Graham Anderson House, based in Glasgow used Eyes Alight money for service users to enjoy a night out at the ‘all you can eat’ world buffet.
In Birmingham, at West Heath House, there was an outing to a production of Dancefest on 11th July at the Artrix Arts Centre.
Everyone at Bristol Road is looking forward to using the theatre season tickets they have bought using Eyes Alight money.
Those at Tŷ Aberdafen in Wales have enjoyed a number of activities, ranging from cinema visits to trips to the circus.
Phillip went to see a Led Zeplin tribute band and said, “I had a really good time as they’re one of my favourite groups. I would love to go again.” John and Peter recently visited the circus commenting, “We both enjoyed it very much, the atmosphere was great and we enjoyed the motorbikes inside the dome the most.”
Thank you so much for your continued support.
You can make an online donation to the Eyes Alight Appeal or you can send a cheque made out to "The Disabilities Trust" and send it to The Disabilities Trust, 32 Market Place, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NP, together with a note confirming that you'd like the money to go towards the Eyes Alight Appeal.
Helen Tridgell, Head of Marketing & Fundraising