The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) was recently consulted over the January storyline for Channel 4’s Hollyoaks series, following the character ‘Esther’ and the acquired brain injury she received in the programme. After surviving being shot in the head, Esther was at the very beginning of a long rehabilitation journey.

Brain injury is often referred to as a 'hidden disability’ because although those affected might show few physical signs of change, they can face enormous cognitive, behavioural and personality challenges. These challenges, in turn, affect their family and friends as they come to terms with the person their loved one has become.

Some of the staff and service users at Redford Court were delighted to meet two of the actresses from Hollyoaks who play Esther and Kim, as well as the Hollyoaks research team when they visited the centre to find out more about the affects of brain injury on the individual and those around them.

To provide support for people with brain injury, their families, friends, carers, and professionals working with them, BIRT is offering a free copy of ‘The BIRT Guide to Living - for adults with brain injury’ which is highly commended by the British Medical Association. There is usually a postage and packing charge of £2.50 for this publication but will be available throughout January 2017 for free. This is a comprehensive publication covering topics such as relationships, finance and legal advice. You can get your free copies here while stocks are available. You can find out about the other free publications we offer through our Brain Injury Library.

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BIRT is proud to be celebrating 25 years as the charity leading brain injury rehabilitation across the UK. If you would like to find out more about our specialist rehabilitation centres please visit or call our Freephone number on 0300 102 2000.