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About the Eyes Alight Appeal

The Eyes Alight appeal raises money for men and women with brain injuries who use the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) services and community houses. The money raised will give those undergoing brain injury rehabilitation something to enjoy or look forward to as they go through the daunting and difficult process of brain injury rehabilitation.

Why the appeal was set up

The appeal was set up by Izzy Judd and her family. Izzy's brother, Rupert, lives in Kent House, having been seriously injured in a road accident in 1997.

"Eyes Alight is totally inspired by my brother Rupert who suffered a serious brain injury as a result of a car accident. Rupert's story is just one of so many stories about people who, sadly, are going through long term brain injury rehabilitation. After talking to other service users at Kent House, I learned that there were things that would make a big difference to their lives. For example, laptops to help them keep in touch with their family and friends, developing a sensory garden for everyone to enjoy and providing music therapy sessions which are both fun and an aid to rehabilitation. By supporting the Eyes Alight Appeal, together we can make brain injury rehabilitation a little bit brighter."

- Izzy Judd

How the Appeal has helped so far

So far, through the money raised by the Eyes Alight Appeal, we have been able to achieve many things which have made our service users "Eyes Alight," including

  • purchasing new IT equipment, such as ipads, Xbox Kinect and laptops for service users.
  • supporting service users to go on extra special trips, for example, a show in London, a visit to their favourite football team and a meet and greet session with their favourite band.
  • Funding Items to help service users pursue their passions, for example, a digital piano and art equipment.
  • making improvements to communal gardens and other shared facilities

Going Forward

Going forward, we want to raise money to provide additional items that will help communication such as iPads, iPhones and smart TVs. We also promote fitness and many of those we support have said that they would like green gyms and Wiis with fitness additions and to continue with group music therapy.

Botb2015 winnersBand members from all three Harpenden senior schools performed at the Battle of the Bands 2015 in St George’s School, Harpenden. Six piece rock band, One Year Left, won ‘Best Cover Performance’ for their rendition of ‘Lonely Boy’ by the Black Keys and funk band, ATLAS won  the highly coveted ‘Best Original Performance’ for their own  song  ‘Free’.

The other bands taking part included, Switchblade Attitude, The Whales, Soul Revival and Red Horizon – all comprised of under eighteens from St John Lawes, Roundwood Park and St George’s senior schools.

Voice of BBC Three Counties Radio Gareth Lloyd presented the event, sharing his experience of working with ‘BBC Introducing’ to help launch the careers of musicians like Jake Bugg, Rizzle Kicks and James Bay. Gareth was joined by a host of celebrity judges including Kate Mullins and Emma Smith from the  international acclaimed Vintage-Swing-Punk group The Pupinni sisters, music producer Michael Pearce and Anni Williams, voice coach for Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor.

The judging was executed X Factor style, with judges giving their feedback in front of a live audience. The judges were impressed with the talent of the bands and were delighted to see a vast range of home-grown young talent from Harpenden. During the judges’ deliberations, the audience were treated to a surprise guest performance by singer songwriter and St. George’s school student Emma McGrath, who has recently performed at the legendary 100 Club in London.

The event was organised by Harpenden Lions to raise money for the Eyes Alight appeal for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) and Lions Charities. The Eyes Alight share will go towards new facilities at Kent House in Aylesbury, a specialist residential centre providing continuing rehabilitation and specialist care and support for people with acquired brain injury.
The Eyes Alight appeal was set up by Izzy Judd  and her family after her brother Rupert Johnston suffered serious brain injury in a near fatal car accident. Rupert received expert rehabilitation from the BIRT and is a resident at Kent House.


Winning Band details
Best Cover Performance – ‘One Year Left’ playing ‘Lonely Boy’ by Black Keys. Band members: Mark Burrell (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Stan Green (Backing Vocals/Guitar), Harry Osborne (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), Barney Weightman (Bass/Backing Vocals), Kris Dodd (Keyboards), Tom Slack (Drums). Their prize is tickets to see McBusted in their ‘“Alive@Delapre 2015”concert in Northampton, courtesy of Harry and Izzy Judd.
Best Original Composition and Performance – ‘ATLAS’ playing ‘Free’. Band members: Arthur Diesbecq (Guitar/Bass and Vocals), Ben Ephgrave (Piano/Saxophone), Brady Hull (Guitar/Bass), Harry Osborne (Guitar/Vocals), Alex Price (Drums). They win a Studio Recording Session at Grand Chapel Studios, Tring, courtesy of owner Anneliese Shaw and producer Michael Pearce.


Support the Appeal

You can make an online donation to the Eyes Alight Appeal here or you can send a cheque made out to "The Eyes Alight Appeal" to The Disabilities Trust, 32 Market Place, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NP.

To request a fundraising pack, please email fundraising@thedtgroup.org or telephone 0144 237 286.

Doing your own Fundraising

In response to popular demand, we have developed a few items that will help you with your fundraising efforts for Eyes Alight. Whether you're putting on an event, or taking part in one to raise money, you can use our templates to help.

We have a poster template for you to print out at home, and to add your own details to and also two transferable T-shirt prints which can be used for printing on iron-on paper at home to any t-shirt that you want to use. (Hint: They work well on a white or lighter coloured t-shirt!)

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Eyes Alight T-shirt Transfer
'Birds' design

Eyes Alight T-Shirt Transfer
'Tree' Design

Eyes Alight Poster

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