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Positive Feedback For Headway Charity Initiative

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The Yorkshire East Coast branch of Headway - a charity which provides a wide range of support and information services for people with brain injuries, their families and carers - hosted a widely praised charity event at Scarborough Hospital this month.

Jenny Bentley, Scott Bentley, Julie Wilkinson, Mark HollinghurstA prominently placed information stand at the hospital gave charity volunteers an opportunity to promote greater understanding of the issues associated with brain injuries. Excellent feedback was received from staff and visitors with experience of acquired brain injury and others keen to learn more about the subject and the ways in which Headway supports sufferers and their families.

Headway Yorkshire East Coast’s chair, Mark Hollinghurst said: “Our thanks go to Scarborough Hospital for providing space for our stand in the main entrance. This was a great opportunity to reach out to the public and to meet individuals, family members and professionals with experience of acquired brain injury. A paramedic who approached our stand between duties, who had personal experience of brain injury from carbon monoxide poisoning, said ‘there's life after brain injury – it’s like being born again.’ That really summed up the day.”

Each year around 135,000 people are admitted to hospital with a brain injury. The majority will make a full recovery in time but even a minor injury can sometimes result in longer term problems. Severe injuries will inevitably need complex care, impacting on the patient, their family and carers.

Headway Yorkshire East Coast covers a wide area encompassing Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering, Malton, Bridlington, Filey and Driffield, and currently hosts talks and events in Whitby and Malton, as well as Scarborough. For more information telephone 01302 308 688 or visit http://www.headway.org.uk/Branches/yorkshire-east-coast.aspx.

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