Former service user and Ely local Terence Wilby presented a cheque for £2,500 to staff and service users at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s (BIRT) service Fen House in Ely. Mr Wilby is a member of Saffron Walden Golf Club Charity Trophy Committee, which has been raising funds since 1973 and has raised a total of over £300,000 which has been distributed to local charities.
Terence has been a committee member of The Charity Trophy for ten years and suggested raising funds for BIRT after he spent time in the service after a hypoxic brain injury caused by a cardiac arrest in March 2015. Terence spent 12 weeks at Fen House where he received intensive neurobehavioural rehabilitation to help him regain independence. He returned home at the end of August 2015.
Terence said “I cannot thank the team at Fen House enough. They were so kind and patient with me. Raising this money is just a small token of my appreciation for the vital work they do supporting people with brain injury."
The monies raised will be used to fund the purchase of iPads for use by Service Users at Fen House. Roxy Rolland, Service Manager at Fen House explained how these will make a difference: “Many of our Service Users make use of technology as part of their rehabilitation using specialist programmes to work on particular impairments. In addition, many of the people we support are far from their families, so having access to an iPad where they can get online, browse the internet and engage with their loved ones. This generous donation from The Charity Trophy Committee will make a real difference to our service users.”