A hospital in London has launched a new charity to help people who have suffered brain injuries.
The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney began its "Stepping Stones" appeal with an event at Christie's Auction House last week that is believed to have raised over £400,000.
The money will be put towards the hospital's Transitional Living Unit, which provides patients with the opportunity to re-learn everyday skills that will allow them to leave the hospital and regain independence.
Cookery and budgeting are among the skills offered and patients are also encouraged to make plans and goals for the future.
The money will go towards two new bedsits for the complex which will allow patients to practise living independently with nearby assistance.
It is thought that some one million people in Britain suffer an accidental brain injury every year, with two-thirds of those people aged 15 to 30.
Barchester Healthcare has a number of residences in the UK that help in the care and rehabilitation of brain injury patients, both young and old.