Welcome to the spring edition of Headway News.
It has been an exciting few months here at Headway. We celebrated the achievements of the finalists at our Annual Awards in London. It was truly humbling to hear so many inspiring stories from brain injury survivors, their families and carers from across the UK.
Last month, there was a further debate in Parliament to discuss the impact brain injury can have on individuals and families, as well as the work that needs to be done to make changes to areas such as the disability benefits system and access to timely and appropriate rehabilitation.
It was heartening to hear MPs from all sides of the House speak with such passion and determination. During the debate, the work of Headway’s groups and branches was mentioned numerous times, as was the work of Headway – the brain injury association.
We were delighted to hear Siobhain McDonagh MP, one of our Parliamentary Champions, raise concerns about hospital car parking charges. This is an issue we had raised with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and we are pleased to have Siobhain McDonagh’s backing on the injustice suffered by families spending enormous sums of money on hospital car parking fees so that they can be by the bedside of family members who have suffered an acquired brain injury.
In this edition, there is a moving interview about bereavement after brain injury with Lauren Gilligan, page 24, the harrowing story of comic book author Leah Moore’s brain injury while at a festival, page 12, and details of how you can make a difference by volunteering in one of our charity shops, page 22.
You will also find out many other ways Headway is helping brain injury survivors. Indeed, this is an exciting time to get involved with Headway.
By working together, we can ensure that our services are available to those who really need them.
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