When Bolton Businessman Derek Gaskell brought his wife, Dorothy, home after life-saving brain surgery at Salford Royal (then called Hope Hospital) she was unable to do anything for herself. She could not walk or talk and suffered deep depression. For many years Derek supported her as she progressed through her recovery, but the experience of such a traumatic and life changing challenge inspired Derek to establish a registered charity ‘Neurological Research’. This was 1986.
The appointment of the charity’s first employee, Wendy Edge, saw her take bold steps to develop beyond the research focus and establish BASIC – the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre. A place for community and rehabilitation. This was 1994.
Since its inception, BASIC has provided counselling, information and support services for patients and their families following a brain or spinal injury. But always seeking a leadership position in support for recovery, the organisation has continually evolved through Wendy’s vision, the oversight of the Trustees, and the skills and dedication of a diverse range of team members.
From the creation of the UK’s first brain injury helpline, to the community garden, café and assisted gym. BASIC has continually aligned with the needs of clients and opportunities of forward-thinking recovery, and in 2015 installed the first public Virtual Reality Rehabilitation service.
The charity is affiliated to the Greater Manchester Clinical Neuroscience Centre and is locally focused with a national reach – we won North West Charity of the Year in 2018/19 but we’re amazed how far people will travel on occasion to benefit from BASIC.
BASIC exists to serve people recovering from acquired brain injury and spinal injury and their families. The charity specialises in centre-based services for people who have undergone treatment for a traumatic head injury, brain haemorrhage, brain tumour, stroke or similar conditions. Our services also help people manage long-term neurological conditions.
How we're funded
Last year our services helped us rehabilitate hundreds of services users giving them a full and fulfilling life.
How did you help?
It is thanks to you our amazing supporters, who run, cycle, swim, climb, host charity events and donate that enables us to continue to provide our world-class rehabilitation programmes.
Where your money goes
Last year our services helped over hundreds of people living with life-changing brain and spinal injuries. For every £1 we raise 75p goes towards delivering and improving, the care and support we offer. The other 25p goes towards generating future income.
Your donation helped Brooke:
Brooke was in a coma for 16 days and discharge 5 and a half months later. BASIC provided Brooke with the opportunity to achieve his goal of living a normal life. Brooke received cognitive rehabilitation to help with his memory and a career guide for when he was ready to move on.
Brooke now gives lectures on brain injury, raising awareness of a ‘hidden’ condition.
What can you do to help in the next year?
As you have seen BASIC have achieved so much helping hundreds of service users every year achieving their goals, increasing their independence which will help them lead a more fulfilling life.
As a charity, we rely on funding from our loyal and new supporters. You could:
- Take on an event
- Nominate us as your chosen charity at work