National Star lends support to Acquired Brain Injury Bill

Former National Star student Nicki holding up a back the Acquired Brain Injury sign

Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda and the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury, launched the Acquired Brain Injury Bill and is asking all to #iBacktheABIBill and push for a much needed strategy.

The Private Members’ Bill, which will have its second reading in the House of Commons on 3 December 2021, aims to commit the Government to prepare and publish a strategy document designed to support those living with acquired brain injury.

National Star is joining a range of charities and organisations supporting the bill and is calling on anyone affected by brain injury to contact their MP and tell them about their brain injury journey.

David Ellis, Chief Executive of National Star, said: ‘National Star has been supporting young people with acquired brain injuries for decades and in that time scores of young people, and their families and carers, have come to us to find new ways of living following their life-changing injuries.

‘It is a disparate service for brain injury survivors, and those who care for them, with no joined up system of support. We have heard so many heart-breaking stories where there has not been appropriate support or therapy.

‘As a national charity and a UK centre of excellence, we have seen first-hand the challenges young people with acquired brain injuries and their families face. So often, after that initial support in hospital and beginning of their recovery journey, people with acquired brain injuries simply fall through the cracks in the system, often leaving their families and carers to pick up the pieces.

‘Acquired brain injury is not just a life-changing injury for the person but for all those around them. The need for joined-up services is crucial to improve the quality of life for all those affected and to enable people with acquired brain injuries to live full and meaningful lives.’

People who have been affected by brain injury are being encouraged to contact their MP to tell them their journey and what services would have made a difference to their quality of life and recovery. Asking their MP to #iBacktheABIBill and push for a strategy.

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