The Disabilities Trust

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust presents: A Different Brain

Registered Charity Number: 800797, SC038972
Burgess Hill, West Sussex

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    Louis and Natalie, a service user at Redford Court

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    Meet the stars

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    Louis Theroux in Redford Court

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    Louis Theroux in Redford Court

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    Louis and Natalie

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    Louis Theroux



The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) is a division of The Disabilities Trust and the means by which The Disabilities Trust provides its brain injury services.

We are delighted to have been at the heart of a brand new Louis Theroux documentary: 'A Different Brain' for BBC Two. The documentary is about brain injury and the rehabilitation journey, showing how people and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition. 

Brain Injury is non-discriminatory - it can affect anyone at any age, of any background, at any time.and is often referred to as a 'hidden disability’ because although those affected sometimes show few physical signs of change; they can face enormous cognitive, behavioural and personality challenges.

Rehabilitation helps them to reconstruct who they are - from relearning the basics of walking, talking and eating, to adapting to and finding new ways to deal with changes in memory, judgement and behaviour. Family members are often caught between grieving for the loved one they’ve lost and learning to love the person they are now.

Your donation to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) will help people with a severe brain injury in our services achieve lives which are as fulfilling and independent as possible. Your gift can make a real difference.

There are two main appeals that help to fundraise for the men and women supported by BIRT; the Eyes Alight appeal and the Huw Thatcher Trust.

  • The Eyes Alight appeal raises money for men and women with brain injuries who use BIRT’s 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 is an appeal which is raising funds for BIRT. Huw passed away at the when he was 15, playing in a football match for Hepworth United near his home town of Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. Huw had a brain haemorrhage as a result of a pre-existing condition that no one knew about, or could ever have known about. Those people who suffer brain haemorrhages and survive often experience brain injury and subsequent disabilities.

Contact and referrals

  • If you would like to speak to someone about any aspect of the BBC Two Louis Theroux documentary,  'A Different Brain' or would like to know how individuals with a brain injury can be referred to a BIRT service, then call our Freephone number: 0300 102 2000.
  • For press and media enquiries specifically, please contact Sarah Clifford or Charlie Price on: 01444 237 279 during standard office hours.

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The Disabilities Trust 1st Floor
32 Market Place

Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 9NP

Phone: 01444 239123
Fax: 01444 244978

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May 2016 May 2015
Total Income £60,901,357 £56,002,533
Total Expenditure £56,432,406 £52,803,084

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