Brainwave Presidency

Brainwave came into being when two people left the British Institute for Brain Injured Children (BIBIC) to set up their own charity. In October 1982, the Charity was incorporated under the name of the Kerland Foundation. It was not until 1995 that the Charity changed its name to Brainwave. Brainwave provided service for adults as well as children. These were mainly people with brain damage, particularly those who had had a stroke. In 1999, a service to provide rehabilitation and respite care was launched, led by a ‘state registered physiotherapist’.

In the 2000s, Brainwave refocused, dropping its adult provision, although today Brainwave’s therapists continue to see a few adults from this time. In 2008, it started to implement a pilot to support children with Autism. Today, Brainwave states that it works with families to deliver home based individual therapy and exercises to help children with disabilities and Developmental Delay achieve their full potential.
Brainwave celebrates 10 years of Royal Presidency, picture posted with kind permission from Brainwave
HRH Countess of Wessex became Brainwave President in 2003. Sophie hosted two major events for the Charity: in 2003 with a drinks reception at Buckingham Palace and in 2009 with a lunch at St James’ Palace. In September 2004, The Countess Of Wessex attended a Film Preview To Raise Funds For The Charity Brainwave Of Which She Is President. In 2012 Brainwave celebrated it’s 30th birthday and 10 years of Royal Presidency. Here is video of HRH’s visit to Brainwave in 2012.

Message from Brainwave president HRH, The Countess of Wessex

I am delighted to give my support to Brainwave, a very special Charity which deservedly has built a national reputation for its home based, therapy Programmes. It has been a pleasure to visit the Brainwave Centre in Somerset, when opening the Hydrotherapy Pool and on the completion of two additional bungalows, which are now in regular use by families when they attend the Centre for their child’s assessments. My most recent visit to the Centre was in May 2012 as part of their 30th Birthday Celebrations. Since becoming involved in 2002 I have been constantly impressed by the skill and dedication of the staff and parents and their determination to bring greater independence to children with neurodevelopmental conditions, like Cerebral Palsy or Downs Syndrome. I look forward to continuing my work as President and promoting a greater awareness of the Charity and its provision. This is an opportunity that should not be missed and is worthy of all our support.”

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