National Accident Helpline Supports Brain Injury Charity

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National Accident Helpline has named the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust as its company charity this year

Severe brain injury can happen to anyone

National Accident Helpline has chosen the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) as its company charity for the year 2010 – 2011.

BIRT helps people regain the skills lost as a result of brain injury, whether caused by road accident, assault, stroke or illness.

Sam Porteous, chief executive of National Accident Helpline, said: “In the past three years more than 500 people and their families have approached us seeking access to justice after brain injuries or accidents.

“No-one knows when such an accident might strike, which makes BIRT an invaluable source of information and support to patients and their families.”

National Accident Helpline is planning a series of charitable activities over the course of the year to raise money and awareness, including sporting challenges and staff events.

Lynn Turley, BIRT service director, said: “Severe brain injury can happen to anyone and can have far reaching effects, not just on the individual but on their family too.

“Support from National Accident Helpline will help the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust to continue providing vital services to those who suffer an acquired brain injury and their families.”


Notes to editors:

National Accident Helpline

National Accident Helpline (NAH) was founded in 1993 to help accident victims claim the compensation they need for their recovery and for what they are entitled to.

NAH is the UK’s leading free advisory service for people who have suffered an injury as a result of an accident and who are looking to claim compensation.

NAH is authorised by the Ministry of Justice in respect of regulated claims management activities and is a registered company, incorporated in the UK.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust

BIRT is a leading European provider in specialist brain injury rehabilitation, supporting people to regain lost skills and independence and rebuild their lives following acquired brain injury, caused typically by road accident, assault, stroke or disease.

In 2009 BIRT helped 518 adults with acquired brain injury.

BIRT is a division of The Disabilities Trust and the means by which it delivers its brain injury rehabilitation services.

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