This article was published on October 14th, 2013
We had a fantastic night at the BASIC Chequered Ball on Saturday at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. BASIC is a charity that provides counselling, information and support services for patients and their families following a brain or spinal injury. It has significantly raised awareness of conditions affecting the brain and led the way in fundraising for research projects and life-saving new technology.
Money raised from the night will help towards their latest appeal which is for is a £500,000 state-of-the-art Virtual Reality project – CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment). It would be the first of its kind in the UK and CAREN will speed up cognitive rehabilitation and help improve movement & flexibility after a brain or spinal injury.
One of the most memorable parts of the night for us here at Thorneycroft was listening to Tara Hodges speak poignantly about a lady who had fallen downstairs top to bottom and acquired a brain injury and how BASIC had been able to help her and her family.
She told the story in the third person and then at the end said ‘I know how the work BASIC has done has helped that lady because she is now standing here in front of 300 people telling you her story. That lady is me.’ It was both moving and inspirational.
Thorneycroft Solicitors are part of the panel of solicitors put together by BASIC that specialise in brain and spinal injury, to find out more about their amazing work, or how you can donate to the appeal click here.