Brainwave are delighted to announce that Simplyheath have awarded the charity a fantastic £51,557 to fund the annual salary of a Senior Physiotherapist, and to sponsor five children to follow the Brainwave programme for a year.

Simplyhealth have generously donated to the charity for 20 years, having a huge positive impact on the lives of many disabled children and their families.

Carmela was seen virtually during lockdown 2020 and attended for a face-to-face assessments when restrictions eased in 2020 and we briefly re-opened to see families in person again in-between lockdowns.

Carmela has a rare muscle-wasting condition, meaning all her skeletal muscles will progressively weaken over time resulting in not being able to walk or use her arms effectively to be independent.

Carmela requires daily physiotherapy to help reduce the severity of joint contractures so joint flexibility and joint range exercises are vital for her quality of life as well as making the best use of available muscle power to maintain as much strength as she can for as long as she can.

Keith Sinclair CEO of Brainwave said:

“The pandemic and subsequent restrictions have had a significant impact on the families we support, our service delivery and finances, with over £1m in lost income over the past 18 months. With the support of Simplyhealth we can maintain and further develop our physiotherapy support in the Southwest and reach out to even more children and families. We are extremely grateful for the unwavering support from Simplyhealth over the last two decades.”

The charity is currently supporting 420 families, Simplyhealth’s donation will go directly towards providing physiotherapy via our Senior Physiotherapist and help children on a Brainwave programme gain greater independence.

Mike Sebire, Senior Specialist Physiotherapist at Brainwave, said

“We are so grateful for the ongoing funding from Simplyhealth. The partnership is extremely important as it allows myself and the rest of the Brainwave therapy team to help children with disabilities to improve their mobility, communication skills and learning potential. Without this support we wouldn’t be able to empower parents by teaching them how to deliver therapy to their child at home. The impact of this input can be life changing for the child whether it helps them learn to sit without support or ask for a drink, and the process also helps families deal with the additional pressures that come with having a child with additional needs.

“On their behalf I want to thank Simply Health for their support and allowing the children we work with the opportunity they deserve to reach their full potential. “

Simplyhealth helps people access affordable healthcare through health cash plans, dental plans and mobility and living aids. They donate 10% of their pre-tax profits to charitable partners each year.