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All systems go for the new Calvert Brain Injury Centre

Chairman Giles Mounsey-Heysham at the site of the new Centre at Old Windebrowe, Keswick

Many people in Keswick and the wider Lake District will be aware of Calvert Trust’s plans to open a second centre in Keswick, providing neuro rehabilitation programmes focused around challenging outdoor activities for people with an acquired brain injury.

The “Go Herdwick” trail was the start of the appeal which engaged with local businesses, individuals and visitors – and generated a net total of £225,000 to support development of the Acquired Brain Injury Centre concept.

After 4 years of planning and supported by the generosity of Grant-Making Trusts and Foundations who have now committed nearly £700,000, the Calvert Trust Board has agreed unanimously to move forward.

Refurbishment work at the new Centre at Old Windebrowe in Keswick will start in February 2019 and should be complete by July.   Doors will open by the end of the year.

Giles Mounsey-Heysham, Chairman of the Board, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we can now move forward with the new Centre.

“We are indebted to a large number of people for their support and encouragement – our medical and legal experts, financial donors, the business planning team and staff. The new Centre is a natural development from Calvert’s current Centre at Little Crosthwaite which provides outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities.  The new Centre will be a unique resource for people with an acquired brain injury in Cumbria and indeed across the whole of the UK.”

More information is available on the Calvert Trust website www.calvertlakes.org.uk.  They would be delighted to hear from anyone with an acquired brain injury or their carers/ families – or from anyone who would like to offer support in any way.

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