Every year around 500 children in the UK are diagnosed with encephalitis, an acute inflammation of the brain. It can be fatal, or lead to brain injury and life-long challenges. No two cases are the same and we are committed to providing emotional support and practical information for all brain-injured children affected by encephalitis and their families and teachers. We will use the prize money to deliver a bespoke children’s service providing expert support and peer-reviewed resources. Fun events and mutual support groups bringing together children and families similarly effected will help improve their mental health and wellbeing.