Brain injury changes life

I WOULD like to encourage your readers to watch an inspirational television show I am delighted to be appearing in.

The BBC One’s charity appeal programme Lifeline – in which I visit The Children’s Trust – will be aired on the afternoon of March 16.

During my visit to the charity I met some courageous children receiving rehabilitation for a brain injury and sat in on a physiotherapy session.

I witnessed the expertise of highly-trained staff and the encouragement of mums and dads as they watched their children make precious steps in the journey of their recovery.

As many people know, I myself am living with a brain injury after a car accident filming Top Gear, and I can certainly relate to the experiences of these kids and their families.

Life suddenly changed for me after my accident in 2006. There was a long road to recovery for me and tough times ahead for my entire family.

While I was extremely lucky, some brain injuries can leave a person needing constant care and long-term rehabilitation.

Thankfully, The Children’s Trust is there to help children make the best recovery they can, and to help their families support them in the long term.

I’m proud to be a vice-president of this incredible charity – I’ve seen how it helps children and young people rebuild their lives.

This year sees the charity celebrating its 30th year. Please help us spread the word of why The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury by watching Lifeline on BBC One on Sunday, March 16 at 4.30pm.

Richard Hammond

vice-president

The Children’s Trust