Our History

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.


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 under the oversight of the board of 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 –with our focus on person-centred recovery but also a strong influence in research and campaigning for change,  we are recognised widely for our ground-breaking work including our recent success as ‘North West Charity of the Year’.

Our Mission

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: 

“Walking home after a night out, I was hit on the pavement by a speeding car as it lost control under braking. My head broke the glass of the windscreen, breaking both my eye sockets, my left cheekbone, nose, jaw, cracking my teeth and breaking three vertebrate in my neck."
Brooke Trotter

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. 

Our impact

“I first came to BASIC 3.5 years ago having had a brain haemorrhage... I'll say Salford Royal saved my life but BASIC has saved my mind. It's the most wonderful place... where you just feel at home and there's no pressure; you can just be yourself. People don't ask questions like, what's the matter with you? Everyone is wonderful and friendly, staff are so supportive. I can't thank them enough for saving my life. Thank you everybody.” Over the years we have helped thousands of clients get back to work, walk and regain independence allowing them to live a full and fulfilling life. ”

To find out more, please have a look at our Outcome Management Report.

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 
  • Donate 
  • Volunteer 
  • Nominate us as your chosen charity at work 

Our Funders