Legal profession turns out to support the work of the Child Brain Injury Trust

The Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) received a funding boost this month after a special art exhibition featuring work produced by children and young people with acquired brain injuries raised in excess of £3,000.

The event, which was well attended by supporters of the charity from across the legal profession, took place as part of Action for Brain Injury Week; this year focused on raising awareness of parents, siblings and those who have taken on a carer’s role.

Featuring paintings and drawings produced by a team of budding artists recruited by CBIT to take part in the annual exhibition, attendees were invited to bid in a silent auction which raised a total of £3,190.

Leigh Day’s medical law and patients’ rights experts, who are long term supporters of the charity, were amongst the successful bidders on the night - winning two of the lots, including a picture by 8-year-old Ben , and a picture by 6-year-old Joshua.

Having acquired a brain injury at just 16-months-old when he contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia,  Ben decided to draw Lana from Dogs for the Disabled as his ‘super dog’ whom he helped train on road safety.

Joshua chose to draw his best friend Ellie, who he says helps him out at school to ‘hang his coat in the right place’, and by looking after him when he is sad. He acquired a brain injury when he contracted encephalitis from the chicken pox virus he caught from his brother.

Emmalene Bushnell from the firm said: “This is a fantastic charity that is dedicated to supporting anyone who has suffered from  a childhood acquired brain injury – from the young people themselves, to their families and the professionals who work with them as they look to adapt and come to terms with what has happened.

“In addition to raising money the evening proved a great success in raising awareness of Action for Brain Injury week and  CBIT, which provides a vital support and service to many of our clients.

“Following successful bids for two of the paintings on display we are looking forward to deciding where to hang them in our offices in London.”

Established by a group of health professionals 24-years-ago to provide information, and to research the effects of traumatic injuries on a child’s developing brain,  CBIT is now the leading voluntary sector organisation - providing non-medical services to families affected by childhood acquired brain injury.

It is run by a dedicated team of volunteers and professional staff who work with families who continue to be involved in the development of the charity.  You can support CBIT by visiting their website.

The annual art exhibition event took place this year on 22 Julyat the offices of hosts and sponsors Bolt Burdon Kemp.