What's happening around Huntercombe February 2014

Frenchay Bath Half Marathon
Posted February 24th 2014

24th February 2014, Bath: Two sports stars who suffered traumatic brain injuries are taking part in this year’s Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd March in order to raise money for the centre that helped rehabilitate them.

Former professional rugby player, Lee Audis, and gold European event rider medalist, Polly Williamson, will be running the Bath Half Marathon along with five of the therapists that treated them at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. As a way of saying thank you for the care they received whilst they were treated at the centre the pair are looking to secure enough donations to buy new rehabilitation equipment.

The equipment Polly and Lee are looking to donate to the centre is a LiteGait which is a training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture, and balance over a treadmill or over ground. It would allow Frenchay’s therapy team to manually assist a patient’s legs and pelvis in order to achieve correct gait patterns. In turn, patient motivation would improve as the equipment helps increase their mobility at a faster pace.

Alison Woods, Centre Manager at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, said: “Polly and Lee’s goal of taking part in the Bath Half Marathon is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work and determination that they showed during their rehabilitation. We’re honored that their fundraising efforts are to help benefit the centre and our patients. For those that aren’t running, they will still be taking part by cheering Polly, Lee and the team on at the sidelines.”

To show your support for Polly and Lee you can make a donation to Frenchay’s patient fund using the following account details:

Frenchay BIRC Fundraising
Account number: 70577927
Sort code: 52-10-51


For Further Information
The Huntercombe Group Press Office
T: 07533 886573

Notes to editors:

  • Lee Audis, from Chippenham, Wiltshire played professional rugby for Doncaster Knights. In November 2011, at the age of 23, he had a car crash that left him with a severe brain injury. When he was admitted to Frenchay, he was unable to communicate, feed himself or sit without the support of three therapists. It was a further 7 months until he was able to take his first steps, but by the time he went home in November 2012 he was walking independently with a stick. Lee set his goal of completing the 2014 Bath Half Marathon to raise money for the centre shortly after he went home and has been working hard towards this ever since.

  • Polly Williamson is a top, gold medal winning European Event rider. At the age of 41, she suffered serious head injuries and three broken vertebrae after her horse became spooked in high winds and fell on her. When she was admitted to Frenchay she was in a wheelchair and unable to stand without the support of two therapists. When she was discharged in April 2012 she was able to walk independently with a stick. For the past year, Polly has been training for the Bath Half Marathon and completed a 5k run in September 2013.
  • About Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre
    Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre is a public / private partnership between The Huntercombe Group and North Bristol NHS Trust. It is the only Level 1 specialised rehabilitation unit in the South West, providing rehabilitation to patients with highly complex physical and cognitive rehabilitation needs. It is a 29 bedded inpatient unit and all patients are funded by NHS England.

    About Huntercombe
    The Huntercombe Group is one of the UK's leading specialist healthcare providers, with 56 hospitals and specialist centres located throughout England and Scotland, delivering wide ranging professional treatments in the areas of: Adult Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Brain Injury and Neurodisability, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Eating Disorders, Addictions and Children with Specialist Needs. The Huntercombe Group is a division of Four Seasons Healthcare, the UK's leading health and social care provider. http://huntercombe.com/

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Facility in Peterlee Raises £800 for Charity
Posted February 4th 2014

County Durham, January 2014: Throughout the year, individuals with a range of learning disabilities and mental health illnesses have overcome their own personal challenges to raise £800 for charity.

Huntercombe House Peterlee, which provides specialist care for adults organised a range of fun and exciting fundraising activities for people to take part in including:

  • Coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support
  • Two 5 mile bike rides which collectively raised £175
  • Wear a onesie to work day for Children in Need
  • 24 hour sponsored silence which raised £150 alone
  • Pyjama party complete with hot chocolate and homemade cookies
  • 2 hour sponsored swim which raised approximately £170

Nicole Webster, Personal Activities Leader for Huntercombe House Peterlee, said: “To raise this amount of money for charity is an incredible achievement and we are extremely proud of everyone getting involved. We’re looking forward to raising the bar in 2014 and helping to raise even more money for charity.

“Taking part in these sorts of activities is a great way to encourage individuals within our service and help them return to a less supported setting. It teaches them about teamwork and the importance of community whilst being in a warm and safe environment. As a result, many have now gone on to start voluntary community placements, work towards independent living and help run our own in-house fun days.”

Kirkintilloch Neurodisability Centre triumphant at Laing & Buisson Independent Specialist Care Awards
Posted February 4th 2014

February 2014, Kirkintilloch: Staff at Campsie House in Kirkintilloch have been celebrating after being announced as finalists at this year’s Laing & Buisson Independent Specialist Care Awards. Owned by The Huntercombe Group, the centre specialises in meeting the needs of adults with complex neurological conditions who have high, medium or low nursing care needs as a result of a neurological condition or brain injury.

Judges were impressed that staff had developed a programme to firmly establish the rights and responsibilities of each individual that depends on the centre’s services. As a result, Campsie House has been recognised for its ability to tailor programmes specifically to meet the needs of each individual to enable them to achieve their personal goals, reduce disability and improve their quality of life.

The rights and responsibilities programme has added another layer to the service’s drive to continue to develop participation and involvement through‘co-production’. In turn this has challenged staff and relatives perceptions on how the service should be delivered and has raised overall awareness within Campsie House of people’s rights to equal opportunity and citizenship no matter what barriers lie ahead.

Michael Sneddon, Centre Manager and Administrator at Campsie House said: “Whatever the need, care at Campsie House is delivered in partnership between staff and residents ensuring that the residents are active participants in the process. It is this philosophy of approach that led to the facilitation of a rights and responsibilities group to firmly establish what current and future residents can expect from the service.”

The fourth Laing & Busson Independent Specialist Care Awards ceremony will take place on 12th March 2014. This annual awards ceremony exists to highlight the best performing private and voluntary providers of social care services for adults with learning or physical disabilities or mental health conditions.

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