The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia (TTA) exists to help improve the quality of life for those with aphasia, their families and carers. Aphasia is a problem with communication, caused as a result of a brain injury or illness or stroke. If you have aphasia, your intelligence is not affected, but you can find it hard to talk, or read, or write, or count, or understand language … or any combination of these. TTA do this by funding a range of different things, including pioneering research and projects that will improve services and therapies.  tri for life has raised £12,500 for the TTA to date.

Donations from tri for life will help TTA continue their monthly Small Grants. Small grants are given to both individuals and groups, making quick decisions and getting help to those who need it at the point of need. These grants offer not just practical help, but hope as well.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia was founded in 1992 by Robin Tavistock (the late 14th Duke of Bedford), after he suffered a brain haemorrhage at the age of 48. His life was saved by prompt and highly skilled surgery, but he was left with a severe problem – the inability to access language – known as aphasia. With support from his family and friends and the help of intensive speech therapy, he slowly began to recover, but always experienced difficulty finding the words he needed or wanted to use.

To find out more about The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, have a look at a Dyscover video filmed in Surrey, which explains what it is like to have aphasia.