We welcomed our charity President Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, Sophie Wessex, to our North West Centre on Tuesday 8 October, in celebration of the site’s 10 year anniversary.

The Countess opened our Warrington-based centre in 2009 and over the past 10 years, we have helped many children with disabilities in the North West achieve greater independence by delivering a range of physical and educational therapies.  

There was much to be celebrated as Her Royal Highness presented Natalie Preston with a Certificate of Appointment as our Charity Ambassador. Natalie who is living with cerebral palsy and has been attending Brainwave since she was two years old, recently climbed over The O2 Arena with Brainwave Patron Olly Murs, to raise money for us. So far, Natalie has raised over £18,000 for Brainwave.  

The Countess also presented Phil Edge, our former Brainwave CEO, with a Certificate of Outstanding Service. Phil, who recently retired from Brainwave, had been with us for over 33 years. He spent many of his years at Brainwave as a Physiotherapist, helping hundreds of children with disabilities achieve their potential. In recent years, Phil has been leading our charity as CEO but decided it was now time to pass on the baton. A new CEO will be joining us in the new year.

Richard Adams, Board of Trustees, said:

Phil has been with us since the birth of the charity, I’m sure he has Brainwave running through his veins! He has had such an outstanding career here and has helped countless children and their families.

 We know it has been a difficult decision for Phil to leave Brainwave but we are so proud of what he has achieved and we are pleased that The Countess is here to recognise his outstanding tenure.

Her Royal Highness has been the President of Brainwave for many years. We do not receive any government funding and rely on voluntary donations to run our three permanent centres in Somerset, Essex and Warrington.