The Children's Trust

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The Children's Trust is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury.

The Children's Trust runs a range of specialist care, education and therapy services for children and young people from across the UK, including the UK's largest rehabilitation centre for children with acquired brain injury (ABI) and has three buildings at its Tadworth Court site, Tadworth, Surrey within the M25 motorway.

The Children's Trust's celebrity Vice-Presidents include Richard Hammond, Phil Tufnell, Michael Aspel, Amanda Burton, Joan Collins, Phil Packer, Elaine Paige and Gail Porter.

In 2012 The Children's Trust launched an on-line support centre for families of children affected by acquired brain injury - The Brain Injury Hub. This website offers a wealth of practical advice and information about a condition that's often misunderstood. There is also an on-line forum giving families the opportunity to share their stories and experiences.

The Children’s Trust is a UK registered charity, number 288018.

Services[edit]

The Children's Trust's services include:

  • Residential rehabilitation for children with an acquired brain injury
  • Therapy-led support in the community for children with an acquired brain injury
  • Special education for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties, or PMLD, at The School for Profound Education, Tadworth
  • Tadworth Brain Injury Co-ordinators - brain injury experts supporting children in children's hospitals in Nottingham and Sheffield
  • Residential short breaks
  • Transitional care for children who are technology dependent (e.g. require long-term ventilation or have a tracheostomy)
  • Palliative care
  • The Brain Injury Hub (www.braininjuryhub.co.uk) - an information website and discussion forum for parents of children with acquired brain injury as well as teachers and health professionals.

Awards[edit]

Awards won by The Children's Trust:

  • UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum Innovation Award - for the publication of “Heads Up, Tim-Tron”, a picture book created by the charity to explain acquired brain injury to young children. (2013)
  • UKABIF Award for Innovation and Inspiration in Acquired Brain Injury (2011)
  • Effectiveness Awards at The Charity Awards 2010 (June 2010)
  • Top 100 UK Best Workplaces (May 2010)
  • Rehabilitation Initiative of the Year - Provider at the Rehab First Awards (July 2009)

History[edit]

Tadworth Court

From 1927 until 1983, Tadworth Court was the country branch of Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 1984, the Department of Health transferred management control to the newly created charity, The Children’s Trust.

Tadworth Court was the manor house of the manor of Tadworth which lay within the parish of Banstead, by Banstead Downs, a horse-racing racecourse in the 17th century. Banstead was well known as an airing place at this period, where Londoners sought fresh air, being 600 feet above sea level. The attractions of Epsom Spa to the west prompted the first settlements other than isolated farmhouses on this part of the widest section of the North Downs stretching from Banstead village to Walton-on-the-Hill to the south.

Tadworth Court on the south of the site is a listed building for architecture in the highest category as a country house of circa 1700, with "rustic quoins, stone dressings (renderings)..steep (and richly decorated) pediment....high panelling and rococo plasterwork...Boxed room with early C10 panelling,".[1] Nikolaus Pevsner described it as a ’splendid house’ and ’one of the most elegant in the whole country’. He was amazed that such a house so close to London was virtually unknown — no pictures of the house are known before the 20th century.

The owners of the house: The first owner, Leonard Wessel, a merchant purchased the estate in 1694. He was Sheriff of the County in 1700 and a Member of Parliament in 1701. Whilst of a Dutch family, his great grandfather was born in England in 1557. Recent work to the house revealed that it does not incorporate an earlier building, but in common with all buildings of this period contains some reused beams due to the growing shortage of timber. 1694 is the likely construction date of the house and by 1698 the Banstead Court Rolls record that Wessel applied for leave ’to plant rows of trees on the Heath, fronting his dwelling house and leading towards the Warren.’ One of these, a large Poplar survived until the 19th century.

Wessel died in 1708. The house appears on contemporary maps and Celia Fiennes in 1712 describes it as one of ’several good houses in or about Epsham’, though by then in the possession of Sir Thomas Scawen, Alderman of London, his brother-in-law.

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