Helping people back to life
Being in rehabilitation after a serious accident is often a long and personal struggle. It’s not about medals, but about quality of life and independence. Personal records are set at all times.
The Sunnaas foundation funds projects that help people to cope with serious injuries, with a focus on reintegration into society.
We believe in providing patients with what they need in order to be as independent, productive and contented as possible. In addition, the foundation supports the funding of research projects and innovation and new technologies to ensure that the persons with severe disabilities always get the best available treatment.
Individuals who wanted to do something more for the patients at Sunnaas rehabilitation hospital than the services provided by the public sector, established Sunnaas foundation in 2006. Sunnaas hospital is the largest Rehabilitation hospital in Norway and receives the most severe injuries from all over the country and is the strongest brand within the health care sector in Norway. The hospital is ranked as the best in Scandinavia and is well known with a strong reputation internationally.
To be seriously injured is something that no one is prepared for, and it represents an extremely traumatic experience for those involved. Suddenly what we take for granted – eating, getting dressed or moving – seems impossible. Many clients experience this loss of independence as psychologically challenging, but with focused input and facilitation, most clients will find their way back to a meaningful life.
We believe that everyone has the possibility to contribute to society, even after a serious injury. Therefore our foundation specifically supports projects that are aimed at helping people lead constructive and healthy lives through increased knowledge, experiences and opportunities. It is our mission to bridge the gap between public funding and the rehabilitation field, to ensure that vital opportunities are not lost for these clients.
The role of the foundation is even more important than ever after 22.july 2011, when Norway was struck by terror. A lot of the survivors have been or are still being treated at the hospital.
On the 22nd of august this year, a big Tv-fundraise was organised that opened many doors for the foundation to a lot of new possibilities for funding projects all over the country.
Our main focus areas include:
Improved national rehabilitation for children
The Sunnaas Foundation facilitates specialized environment for rehabilitation of children all over the country.
Increasing patients’ ability to master a changed life
We fund projects aimed to enrich quality of life through sports and leisure activities. We also believe that taking part in cultural activities is an important part of the rehabilitation and funds projects that are aimed to enhance the creative process. We believe that showing what is possible will positively influence other aspects of life.
Founding of high tech equipment
We believe that technology can ease the transition back to a normal life. This is why we fund projects that allow the implementation of high tech equipment in the rehabilitation process. This allows Sunnaas Rehabilitation hospital to be at the forefront nationally and internationally giving the best available service to the clients. Examples are in the fields of gait reeducation, communication and advanced research within the field. Our latest project we seek founding for is buying Exoskeletons that make paralysed people able to walk again.
Contribution to international rehabilitation work
We have international co-operation with rehabilitation hospitals in Scandinavia, China, Israel/ Palestine, Russia, USA and Cambodia.
The donations we receive, help us give patients the life they want and deserve.