Wonderful to see the keys to Lake District Calvert Trust’s new Neuro Rehabilitation centre handed back to Sean Day to mark the end of the building work! We worked with Sean and his team at Calvert Trust on the major donor fundraising for this pioneering new facility in 2018, and it’s great to see it take shape. The £2m new centre, housed in a grade II listed barn, will support people who have experienced brain injuries. Unlike anywhere in the world, it will provide a non-clinical setting, with a focus on meaningful outdoor activities in groups. This was a time-pressured appeal with a need to focus on major donor fundraising, creating a compelling case for support for a totally new approach.

More on the project here and a quick summary below:

Located on the outskirts of the bustling market town of Keswick in the Lake District, Calvert Reconnections is a brand new neuro-rehabilitation, residential centre that will offer ground-breaking rehabilitation programmes for those who have suffered an acquired brain injury (ABI). The focus will be on delivering clinical therapies alongside experienced activity instructors utilising challenging outdoor activities to support individuals and their recovery from brain injury. This will be combined with making strong connections with the local community to seek out experiential and vocational opportunities to enable ABI survivors to achieve their true potential.

The centre, now fully refurbished, and due to open in early 2020, will be the UK’s first intensive ABI rehab centre underpinned by combining traditional multi-disciplinary clinical therapies with physical activity in the outdoors.

Sean Day commented:
“It is a pleasure to be handed the keys and to finally see the building in its full glory. The old historic tithe barn has really been brought back to life with many of the original features retained; it is a truly impressive building and we are really delighted with what Stobbarts have achieved. We are now looking forward to getting our first visitors in to stay and are focusing on achieving the necessary registrations before we start welcoming people in early 2020. I would like to thank all our supporters and funders who have made this project possible.”

Every year in the UK, over 300,000 people suffer life-changing brain injuries. They face a long and difficult road to recovery, often with limited support. 

Working with leading clinicians and academics, the new rehab centre, will provide a ground-breaking, world-class rehabilitation programme tailored to support individuals in their recovery using the Lake District Calvert Trust’s (LDCT) unique programme of challenging outdoor activities.

Giles Mounsey-Heysham, Chairman of the LDCT Trustees remarked:
“As soon as you enter the building it has a real ‘Wow!’ factor, with exposed beams and the old stonework in the walls. This is going to be such a lovely place to stay as the ‘home from home’ feel is a very important part of our rehabilitation programme.“

John Stobbart added:
“My team have loved working on this property. Being a grade II listed building it has so many traditional features and where possible, we have used the same materials and techniques that would have been used when the building was first built. We now feel like we have been a part of the history of Old Windebrowe and I am delighted with the end result.”

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