British TV Star Richard Hammond Supports Children's Brain Injury Web Site for Parents

Richard Hammond at Brain Injury Center

Richard Hammond at The Children's Trust in Tadworth, England. Photo by Richard Bloomfield.

BBC broadcaster, journalist and co-host of the car program “Top Gear” Richard Hammond is backing the launch of a new charity-funded Web site for parents of children with acquired brain injury (ABI).

The Brain Injury Hub provides comprehensive information on ABI from clinical experts, resources for teachers of children with ABI as well as a discussion forum. The site was created by The Children's Trust, a children’s rehabilitation center in Tadworth, England.

"There are thousands of children in the UK living with the long-term effects of an acquired brain injury right now. Their injury will have a major impact on every aspect of their life—their education, relationships with family and friends and their future,” said Hammond, who also had a serious brain injury in a car accident while filming in 2006. "The entire family needs robust information and support, but until now that just hasn't been widely available.”

The Web site is accredited with the Information Standard, the Department of Health's quality mark for reliable sources of health information.

"The Children's Trust has a long history of providing specialist care and support to children with acquired brain injury, and the Brain Injury Hub sees us sharing our expertise with many thousands more families around the country,” said Andrew Ross, chief executive of The Children's Trust. "We are extremely grateful to the generous donors whose charitable support has enabled us to build this important resource."

Thousands of children in the United Kingdom have an acquired brain injury. Brain injuries in children are commonly caused by road accidents or falls as well as brain tumors, choking or meningitis. Many children develop severe disabilities as a result of a brain injury, while others seem to be fully recovered yet can be left with behavior, memory or concentration challenges.