Brainwave appoints new London Development Managers as job share

As part of children’s charity Brainwave’s support to its corporate partners and supporters in London, the charity has appointed Sarah Drake and Vicky Prince-White as joint Development Managers in London. Christine Cryne, Brainwave’s CEO, said “We really value the partnerships we have in London and feel that these two new appointments will help maintain them. Sarah and Vicky are very experienced and we are looking forward to developing a number of new activities including some new events”. Christine also added “We employ a number of part time staff and many have flexible hours but this is our first proper experience of job share. We think it will add value to Brainwave as we get two people with different skills and experiences, which will increase the range of things we can do and the ideas we can generate”. Vicky moved in to the charity sector after nine years in commercial radio working on well known radio brands such as Heart and LBC 97.3. After a stint at Cancer Research UK, where she worked with the corporate sponsors of some of the charity’s biggest events, she left to have her first child. She then decided that she did not want to work full time. Sarah has been fundraising in the charity sector for the last four years, after working for seventeen years as a retail buyer for companies such as Argos, Habitat and Marks & Spencer. In 2005 she began her fundraising career at the Royal Academy of Arts, raising revenue for exhibitions from companies, individuals, trusts and foundations. For the last eight months she freelanced and also worked at the Royal Court Theatre and London Wildlife Trust. Brainwave works with families to deliver individual home based therapy and exercise programmes that help children with disabilities and developmental delay to achieve their potential. This can be anything from running or learning to feed themselves to recognising colours or forming sentences. Press information: Jane Adkins, Tel: 01935 813114 or email: jane@aheadforpr.co.uk Editor’s notes 1. Brainwave’s team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists development therapists and teachers seek to transform the lives of children with disabilities. By working with parents, giving them relevant therapy equipment and teaching them correct handling skills, they are empowered to actively participate in their child’s development. 2. Families are invited to the Centre for a two day Initial Assessment where the child is assessed and a programme designed for the child. On the second day the family are shown how to undertake the exercises, which they then carry out at home, retuning to the Centre every 4-6 months when the exercises are adjusted. 3. See the charity’s video at http://uk.youtube.com/BrainwaveCentre. 4. One in every 400 babies born is affected by Cerebral Palsy; circa 1,800 each year. Brainwave currently has 460 families on its Programme but could do more with more funds. Brainwave receives no government funding and is totally dependent upon donations to carry out its work.

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