A few things you might want to know
- Emilia Clarke

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the purpose of SameYou?

    There is an urgent need to increase the provision of immediate neurorehabilitation after leaving hospital for young people who have experienced brain injury and stroke. SameYou plans to be a catalyst for change. Starting by bringing global neurological leaders together to plan innovations in advanced nurse practitioner training qualifications, investigating how to support new clinical research and working on the most effective ways to develop evidence for policy change.

  • Why is SameYou focusing on young adults?

    We are focusing on young adults because it is Emilia’s lived experience and gives us an understanding and insight into the problems young adults face recovering from brain injury.

  • Donations

    SameYou works to increase the provision of immediate rehabilitation for young adults after leaving hospital and to facilitate an improvement in specialist nurse training, fund clinical research and develop evidence for policy change. Your donations will be used for SameYou’s general charitable purposes and may be used for projects other than those described on this website; it will be used where it is most needed to further SameYou’s charitable objectives.

  • What is an acquired brain injury?

    Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is defined as non-degenerative injury to the brain occurring since birth. It can be caused by an external physical force or by metabolic derangement. The term ‘acquired brain injury’ includes traumatic brain injuries, such as open or closed head injuries, or non-traumatic brain injuries, such as those caused by strokes and other vascular accidents, tumours, infectious diseases, hypoxia, metabolic disorders (e.g. liver and kidney diseases or diabetic coma), and toxic products taken into the body through inhalation or ingestion.

  • How can I get more involved?

    Please help us campaign for policy change and start a movement to break the silence on brain injury. Please donate to support our work.

  • Where can I get the SameYou logo?

    Contact us using the form and we will help you out.

  • Governance

    Patron and Co-Founder: Emilia Clarke

    Emilia Clarke is an English actor who became known worldwide for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s critically acclaimed Game of Thrones.

    Emilia is the Ambassador for the Royal College of Nursing in the UK and the Ambassador for Nursing Now working to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses

    She has been nominated for 3 Primetime Emmy awards and was awarded BAFTA’s Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year in 2018.

    In 2018 she starred in Solo A Star Wars Movie and has just finished filming Last Christmas with Emma Thompson.

    Chairman: Richard Davidson

    Richard has been working in the third sector for more than two decades. He joined Sarcoma UK as their Chief Executive in July 2018 after eight successful years at the national blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan. At Anthony Nolan he led an 80-strong team as the charity’s Director of Engagement. He was responsible for overseeing communications, fundraising and marketing, helping the charity to dramatically increase the recruitment of stem cell donors from 20,000 per year to 80,000.

    Previously the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Cancer Research UK, Richard successfully led the campaign that pushed for smoke free public spaces legislation in the UK.

    As well as being Chair of SameYou, he is a board member of Sarcoma Patients Euronet (SPAEN).

    Trustee : Henry Marsh CBE Author & Surgeon

    Henry Marsh is a leading English neurosurgeon and a pioneer of neurological advances in Ukraine and Nepal. Until 2015 Henry was the senior consultant neurosurgeon at St George’s Hospital in the Atkinson Morley Wing, one of largest specialist brain surgery units in England. Henry has authored several books including “Do No Harm” and “Admissions,: A Life in Brain Surgery.”

    Co-Founder and CEO : Jenny Clarke

    Jenny, is Emilia’s mother and has spent the last 35 years in leadership positions in global companies. She left Capgemini’s Business Process Outsourcing division as Vice President Marketing and New Business Campaigns to co-found SameYou. In her 14 years at Capgemini she ran internal marketing services teams in Poland, India and Guatemala, and led marketing for their large outsourcing deals.

    Having started her career in consumer PR, Jenny has previously worked as Chief Marketing Officer at Atos Origin and marketing head in a division of CSC.

    Jenny has personal experience of the impact of brain injury as a parent, carer and as a patient having had, in 2017, endovascular intervention to coil one of her two brain aneurysms

    US Charity Secretary and Treasurer : Gretchen Rush

    U.C.L.A. Law School and U.C.L.A. Anderson School of Management, J.D./M.B.A., 1997 Dartmouth College, A.B., 1992

    Gretchen Bruggeman Rush has been with HJTH LLP for the majority of her legal career, and during that time has enjoyed building a practice that is focused on representing individual writers, directors and actors in the film and television industry. Gretchen is a wife, mother and movie-lover who grew up in California and has lived in New York and Washington D.C.

    Charity Registration

    SameYou is a company limited by guarantee registered with Companies House in England and Wales (company number 10134313) and a registered charity (charity number 1170102) with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Its registered office address is 10 Queen St Place, London, United Kingdom EC4R 1BE.

    SameYou is a US Delaware nonstock corporation that is tax-exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3) (US EIN 81-3931169).

  • Our sources

    Lancet Neurology Commission 2017

    Worldwide, more than 50 million people have a TBI each year, and it is estimated that about half the world’s population will have one or more TBIs over their lifetime. TBI is the leading cause of mortality in young adults and a major cause of death and disability across all ages in all countries, with a disproportionate burden of disability and death occurring in low-income and middle -income countries (LMICs). It has been estimated that TBI costs the global economy approximately $400 billion (US) annually. Deficiencies in prevention, care and research urgently need to be addressed to reduce the huge burden and societal costs of TBI. PDF

    Time for Change – The UKABIF APPG 2018

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    World Stroke Organisation

    15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke each year

    John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the World Health Organization, will surpass many diseases as the major cause of death and disability by the year 2020


    The impact of traumatic brain injuries: a global perspective 2007

    Hyder AA, Wunderlich CA, Puvanachandra P, Gururaj G, Kobusingye OC


    NHS UK

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