The Beyond Brain Injury conference was held at the Amex Stadium in Brighton last month and is expected to raise around £4,000. Proceeds are donated to Headway East Sussex, an independent charity that supports those directly and indirectly affected by brain injury in Brighton and East Sussex.
Organised by asb aspire, in collaboration with Headway East Sussex and specialist brain injury nurses, the aim of the conference is to raise awareness of the issues faced by people with a brain injury, and their families and carers. This year’s focus was on some of the common but often overlooked effects of brain injury, such as fatigue, dizziness and changes to personality, and the impact that these can have.
Experts from across the country were invited to share their knowledge with over 200 medical professionals who, together, support people who have suffered a serious injury through all stages of their treatment and rehabilitation. However, the overwhelming message of the day came from a local girl who suffered serious injuries after an accident 6 years ago. Her point was clear “There is life after brain injury”; a message which is shared by Headway East Sussex whose aim is to empower people to achieve optimum independence, interaction and social inclusion.
Speaking after the conference, Francis Lacy Scott, Conference Chair and Partner at asb aspire, said: “Headway East Sussex provides invaluable services to local people who have suffered a head or brain injury and we are delighted to continue supporting them through the organisation of the annual brain injury conference. We would like to thank the sponsors and the delegates for helping to make this year’s event so successful. The conference grows year-on-year and we hope to be able to raise even more in 2018.”
The money raised by the conference will help Headway East Sussex to sustain their valuable Advice and Support Service which provides telephone support and advice, evening support groups, counselling and a range of information leaflets. Michele Fleming, Chief Executive comments: “The annual conference provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of brain injury on survivors and their families and to promote the services of Headway East Sussex. It also raises much-needed funds which help enable us to continue our vital work. We are very grateful to everyone involved in making this conference such a great success.”