10k Donation To Royal Hospital For Neuro-disability

Results in higher standard of care for people with brain injury

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The Haberdashers’ Company has donated £10k to the Transitional Rehabilitation Service (TRS) at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. The funds will provide more comfortable accommodation to patients trying to move back to living independently.

After a serious brain injury, many skills previously taken for granted like shopping or managing a budget, as well as basic things such as getting washed and dressed can be affected. The TRS works with people to establish the skills they will need for independent living in a real-life setting to make the transition after life in hospital as smooth as possible.

Emma Gale, TRS Manager says: “This is really great news. Our service offers people the chance to get a meaningful life back after suffering a severe brain injury. This money will allow us to provide a much more comfortable environment for people going through a really tough period in their lives.”

Alison Murdoch, Director of Charities at The Haberdashers’ Company says: “The Haberdashers’ Company is proud of its long association with the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability and has been delighted to support the unique work of the Transitional Rehabilitation Service. So many people suffer brain injury and without the work of the TRS many people who could otherwise be rehabilitated to return home and live a more independent life would either be unable to do so or need a greater degree of help.  Their work not only adds value to the lives of those who have suffered injury but also allows them to contribute again to the community.”

The RHN is a national medical charity providing assessment, rehabilitation treatment and care for adults with profound and complex disabilities caused by disease or damage to the brain and other parts of the nervous system.

With tremendous support from the Haberdashers’ Company, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability built the TRS in 1993 and a further donation in recent years helped build an extension, adding two self contained flats.

The TRS provides a very close simulation of independent life, creating a safe space for vulnerable people learning to adapt to life outside hospital. Following assessment and rehabilitation, patients go through a graded discharge, spending increasing periods in their own homes until they are able to stay on their own indefinitely.

November 4, 2010