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. Read how Eyes Alight has helped our service users and what you can do to help.

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
  • making improvements to communal gardens and other shared facilities
  • 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.

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.

Support the Appeal

You can make an online donation to the Eyes Alight Appeal or you can send a cheque made out to "The Disabilities Trust", together with a note confirming that you'd like the money to go towards the Eyes Alight Appeal, and send it to:

32 Market Place,
Burgess Hill,
West Sussex
RH15 9NP

To request a fundraising pack, please email 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!)

Eyes alight t-shirt (birds)

T-Shirt Transfer

'Birds' design
Eyes alight t-shirt (tree)

T-Shirt Transfer

'Tree' Design
Eyes alight flyer

Poster template

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