Happy 30th Birthday BASIC!

basic-birthday-30The Brain And Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC) in Salford is celebrating 30 years of hard work helping thousands of people rebuild their lives after suffering traumatic, life-altering conditions that affect the brain or spine.

Dianne Yates, partner and head of the serious and catastrophic injury department at Birchall Blackburn Law, was recently appointed to the charity’s board of trustees – and she is delighted it was in time to celebrate BASIC’s three decades of success.

Dianne Yates says: “BASIC has achieved so much since 1986 and helped so many people rebuild and live the best life they can. But, like most 30-year-olds, BASIC is only just getting started and its plans for the future are incredibly exciting.

“It is such a forward looking charity and constantly innovating. Only last year BASIC brought to Salford the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment, or CAREN Extended. The project provides physical and cognitive rehabilitation using virtual reality and robotics. Formerly only available to the military and research institutes the CAREN is now available to the public at the centre. It’s a first for the UK and BASIC are right at the forefront.”


BASIC’s story began back in 1986 when Bolton businessman Derek Gaskell registered the charity ‘Neurosurgical Research’ after his wife, Dorothy, survived life-saving brain surgery. She was unable to walk or talk and suffered deep depression as a result of her brain injury.  Eventually Dorothy made a good recovery but Mr Gaskell recognised that there was a no support or services for brain injury sufferers beyond the hospital doors, and set up the charity.

In 1994 Neurosurgical Research re-launched itself as BASIC (Brain And Spinal Injury Charity) and it has achieved many amazing milestones. From launching a helpline in 1995 to adopting the ‘Captains Log’ brain training gym from the USA in 2008, you can read about all its successes and innovations here…

BASIC helps to rebuild the lives of people who suffer from life-changing conditions and those who have sustained serious head injuries, operating an array of services to support people in their recovery from conditions such as traumatic head/brain injury, spinal injury, stroke and brain haemorrhage.

Affiliated to the Greater Manchester Clinical Neuroscience Centre at Salford Royal Hospitals, BASIC relies on funding and support from local partners to deliver specially tailored programmes of therapy to help people secure their position back in the workplace.

BASIC’s 30th celebration is also an opportunity to thank the thousands of people who have donated and supported its fundraising events over the years. The charity exists thanks to the generous donors who recognise the need to support people and their families trying to come back from a TBI.

The charity is holding a 30th Birthday Family Party on Friday 14th October from 7pm at the AJ Bell Stadium, home to Salford Red Devils and Sale Sharks. Anyone who would like to celebrate BASIC’s 30th birthday – with family fun, karaoke, disco, catch up with old friends, cash bar and a birthday cake competition – tickets are £5 per person available from BASIC.