Brain injury charity has new county-wide branch

A new group to help support people living with brain injuries in Northumberland has been launched.

Saturday, 19th May 2018, 08:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 10:40 am
The Duchess of Northumberland with committee members of the newly formed Northumberland branch of Headway, the brain injury charity.

Headway Northumberland will extend its services across the whole of the county, and will support brain injury survivors and their families through the ongoing challenges of adapting to life after such a traumatic injury.

The new branch was launched in an event at The Alnwick Garden by the Duchess of Northumberland, patron of Headway Northumberland.

The branch – which merges previous local groups in Berwick, Morpeth and Hexham into one organisation – is one of over 125 branches of Headway across the UK.

The charity is a key name in the field of rehabilitation for people with brain injuries, and works to help improve the lives of those affected through support, information and services available to them and their families.

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The Duchess said: “The creation of Headway Northumberland has brought together three branches of Headway, which individually have done so much to benefit people living with brain injuries and their families. Collectively, I am sure their reachwill be even greater, and I am delighted to become patron of Headway Northumberland.”

Headway Northumberland has a committee comprising experienced committee members from the three groups who have many years’ experience providing support and help to those with brain injuries, alongside some new faces from the fields of law and sports, to help cover a full spectrum of services of use to members.

Julie Cordon, chief executive of children’s brain injury charity Brainbox, is chairman, with other committee members being Becca Adams, Keith Cardigan, Tom Hammill, Rachael Jobson, Lynn Jones, Emma Redhead, Lesley Stephenson and Grant Watson.

Rachael is secretary of the group, and is also a specialist neurotrauma solicitor at law firm Sintons in Newcastle.

“Having worked with victims of brain injuries and their families and helping to secure the correct support and rehabilitation for them, I have seen first-hand the huge difference Headway makes to their lives, and equally importantly, to their families too,” she said.

“Sustaining a brain injury and living with the consequences can be an incredibly difficult and challenging time and Headway has made a genuine difference to the lives of many people I have acted for, and for many thousands more across the UK.

“I am delighted to be part of the committee of Headway Northumberland, the most recent Headway branch to be created in the UK, and will look forward to us being able to extend the support services available to people in localities throughout the county.”