Catrin, a service user at Ty Aberdafen, with the cast of the pantomime.

Seven of the men and women at Tŷ Aberdafen, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service in Llanelli, enjoyed a trip to the pantomime in December, thanks to a donation from Cisco.

Cisco staff have been volunteering in our services across the country, lending a helping hand with painting, decorating and gardening. On top of this, they kindly donated over £3500 to The Disabilities Trust to be spent on celebrations, outings and recreational items to add some extra joy into the lives of the people we support. The generous donation was divided between services across the UK, who then chose activities and items that would best benefit their service users.

Service users at Tŷ Aberdafen had a brilliant time watching the performance of Aladdin at Carmarthen's Lyric Theatre, getting involved with the on-stage action, shouting "It's behind you!" and booing as the villain entered the stage. Catrin, pictured right, got to meet the cast afterwards and had her photo taken with them.

Fiona, Activities Coordinator, said “Seven service users managed to go and see the pantomime, it was great as some don’t always have that spare money to do these kinds of activities. It really made their Christmas as some haven’t been to see a pantomime in many years and brought back some good memories for them”.

Everyone had a fantastic time and enjoyed the opportunity to go out to the theatre, resulting in raised spirits and plenty of festive cheer. Recreational activities are an important part of rehabilitation at BIRT services, allowing service users the chance to socialise, get out into the community, and enjoy many of the activities they took part in before their injuries.

Service users and staff at Tŷ Aberdafen would like to give a huge thank you to Cisco for the donation.