Our appeals are either targeted at raising money for specific items or, in the case of Eyes Alight, giving our service users something to enjoy or look forward to during their rehabilitation.
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We launched the #ConnectAbility appeal to raise £250,000 to buy assistive communications technology to enhance the lives of the people we support; enabling them to live more independent lives and maximise their ability to make choices and communicate with others. Progressively, during the three years that the appeal ran, many of the people we support at The Disabilities Trust have had their lives transformed thanks to equipment such as iPads, 3D printers and eye gaze technology. We are extremely grateful to everybody who supported our fundraising and we will now take forward the ConnectAbility project to provide access to life changing assistive technology for disabled people in the community as well as those who access our services.
Our first fixed ‘Hub’ was opened in October 2017 at Shinewater Court in Eastbourne and is well used by the people who live there to try out assistive technology in a safe and supportive environment. The Hub showcases a selection of assistive and communications technology for people with a disability to trial on a six week basis, allowing them to assess whether it's suitable for their needs.
We are working hard to develop networks and pathways across the South East with external stakeholders to ensure that any disabled person in the community can access the Shinewater Court hub. We are also working to develop the capability to roll out mobile Hubs operating out of community spaces in locations across the country, initially with a grant pledged by the Karten Network. These will further increase access to life changing devices for those most in need.
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.
The Huw Thatcher Trust was set up to remember Huw in a positive way, the Huw Thatcher Trust in an appeal which is raising funds for The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT). Huw passed away at the age of 15 years in 2011 as a result of a brain haemorrhage.
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