Organisations across England have been offering their support to  Brainwave, as we begin the process of making plans to safely reopen the doors of our three Brainwave Centres in Somerset, Cheshire and Essex, as well as our 20 retail shops across the southwest.

Companies have been donating PPE equipment, decorating materials and stock for Brainwave’s shops to help us get back up and running.

Warrington company MacDonald and Taylor Healthcare have gifted Brainwave with an incredible £5,000 account to enable us to obtain vital healthcare equipment and supplies. They said:

Macdonald and Taylor Healthcare are delighted to help Brainwave with PPE, as this wonderful charity tries to get back to doing what it does so wonderfully well - helping children with disabilities. We have been supporting Brainwave for over five years and have seen first hand the great work they do.

Chester-based RB Surveyor Services have also been very generous by contributing towards the cost of a cleaning fogging machine.

Baukjen have been doing a huge amount during the pandemic for charities across the UK, and donated 850 masks for use across Brainwave.

Meanwhile Jake, an employee at Socea-Denys (based at Hinkley Point C in Somerset) raised £1,500 via a sponsored head shave, purchasing visors for Brainwave with the money raised.

As we begin to carefully reopen our retail shops, much needed internal decoration work has been made possible thanks to supplies of paint from Western Decorating Supplies in Somerset and two Bridgwater branches of Crown Paints and Dulux Decorating Centre. These shops will benefit from additional stock supplied by John Lewis in Liverpool. And all shops and Centres will be kept hygienic and sterile thanks to cleaning supplies donated by Asda in Warrington.

Near our South East Centre, supermarkets have come to the rescue with both Asda in Chelmsford and Morrisons in Witham donating cleaning supplies. 

Senior Regional Fundraising Manager, Carole Headley, who has been approaching businesses, said that the support received to date was making a huge difference and:

Thanks to the support of all our corporate friends, we’re one step closer to returning to business as normal.

Keith Sinclair, our CEO said:

These past few months have been an incredibly difficult time for everybody, but it is the families that we work with that have been the hardest hit.

Our team have been fantastic and have worked incredibly hard to adapt our support offer as quickly as possible, and the online sessions have been incredibly well-received. However, we are now looking to the future and putting careful plans in place so we can get our Centres reopened, when it is safe to do so.

Our retail shops in the South West provide an invaluable source of income for Brainwave and our Head of Retail is taking a phased approach to the reopening of these too, to ensure that our customers, volunteers, and staff are as safe as possible.

Brainwave is here to help; our aim is to ensure every child with a disability has access to support so they can reach their full potential and achieve greater independence. Now more than ever, we are supporting families with their Brainwave’s Therapy Programmes at home. We have adapted to the current situation and have been delivering virtual therapy sessions through a new service called Brainwave Online – ensuring that children with disabilities can continue to receive their essential therapies and make significant progress.

If your company would like to get involved in supporting Brainwave’s reopening plans, please contact [email protected]