Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is backing the launch of a book launch aimed at helping youngsters and their parents to better understand brain injuries and their hidden effects, it was reported in a press release from the Children’s Trust
According to the release, Hammond suffered a serious brain injury when he was involved in a high speed car crash. Brain injury has also featured in the news agenda after retired Formula One driver Michael Schumacher was involved in a skiing accident.
Hammond says he is proud to lend his support to the publications, which are now available and he has also made an audiobook to accompany one of the books.
The publications include a parents’ handbook and two children’s books, he comments: “This is a wonderful, colourful way for families touched by brain injury to explore the issues they may face.”
The children’s books are aimed at different age groups and are designed to empower children and help them in their rehabilitation journey. They have also been designed to encourage empathy among all youngsters towards other children or siblings who may be living with a brain injury, it says in the press release.
“Heads Up, Tim-Tron” is one of the publications and explains acquired brain injury to young readers of primary school age. The book, which is accompanied by Richard’s audiobook and according to the release, won the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum innovation award. It was also chosen as The Book Trust’s Bookmark book of the month.
The books have been developed by The Children’s Trust, a UK charity leading for children with acquired brain injury of which Hammond is vice president.