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Friday May 24 marked the final day of Action for Brain Injury (ABI) Week 2019. This year, Headway’s Brain Drain campaign focused on the debilitating and stigmatising effects of fatigue after brain injury.
Along with a group of volunteers experienced in working with individuals with Acquired Brain Injury, Ann-Marie Smith, Information and Support Worker for Headway Lincolnshire, provides community support to survivors of brain injury, their families and carers across Lincolnshire.
To raise awareness and support ABI Week, the personal injury team combined their efforts and took part in various activities ranging from disco dance-offs to donning wacky hats on Hats for Headway Day.
Hats for Headway charity ball
On Saturday May 18, members of the personal injury team attended the Headway Lincolnshire black tie charity ball at The Bentley Hotel in Lincoln. Through ticket sales, raffles and games, the charity raised £5,471.83 which will go towards supporting those affected by brain injury across Lincolnshire.
Unfortunately, apart from a video of Rob Dempsey aka ‘young dancer’, the team did not manage to orchestrate themselves to have a photograph – but the video of our young dancer is available upon request!
L-R: Diane Derbyshire (HWUK), Victoria Stevenson, Alan Armstrong, Maureen Dobson, Jane Reams, John Knight (Headway Lincolnshire Trustees), Dr Gemma Elliott and Veronica Wivell
Tough Mudder Midlands
On May 19 – the day after the charity ball, I took on Tough Mudder with my friend and work colleague, Faith Horne.
I am very pleased to report that we managed to successfully finish the event unscathed, apart from a few minor bruises and blisters. Particular ‘highlight’ of the obstacle course was probably being electrocuted in the Electroshock Therapy pit. (Along with Mudderhorn, it might be the only obstacle I skip next year!)
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To mark the opening of the new support group which is being run by Ann-Marie of Headway Lincolnshire, several members of the team went along to a coffee morning on May 22 at Tonic Health in Spalding.
The occasion marked the start of the much needed social support group in Spalding. We had the opportunity to speak with Headway volunteers and support group service users, and during the course of the coffee morning it became apparent how much the Spalding area will benefit from the social group. The support groups in Spalding will avoid unnecessary and difficult journeys to Boston and Lincoln for those who wish to attend – and this is an example of the importance of fundraising, and how it can really change the lives of those in need of Headway’s help!
Future meetings will take place on the first Wednesday of every month and anyone who is affected by brain injury is invited to attend.
Hats for Headway day
On Friday May 24, the personal injury team got together and pulled out all the stops for the annual #HatsforHeadway day photograph. Several members of the team - the usual culprits, also posed for Boomerang videos which can be viewed on our Twitter.
The personal injury team are all very proud to support Headway Lincolnshire by helping to raise the charity’s profile and will continue to do so throughout the year. If you would like to know more about Headway Lincolnshire click http://www.headwaylincolnshire.org.uk/ .