Newick-based charity Headway East Sussex is set to receive more than £6,000 following the ‘Brain Injury Connections: Family Matters’ conference, which was held last month at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.
Headway East Sussex is an independent charity affiliated to Headway UK. They provide rehabilitation and support services for people with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers in Brighton and the surrounding areas. The money raised will help them to fund patient rehabilitation, outreach support groups, counselling and a range of information leaflets.
‘Brain Injury Connections’ is our 5th annual conference, which we organise alongside Headway East Sussex and specialist practitioners from the Regional Trauma Centre. In addition to raising money, the main aim of the conference is to raise awareness of the issues faced by people with a brain injury.
This year, experts from across the country gathered to highlight some of the wider concerns affecting brain injury patients and their families, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the role of the family in rehabilitation, communication issues, bridging the funding gap, and human rights regarding relationships. The conference was extremely well received with delegates commenting on how unusual it is to hear “so many engaging and excellent speakers” together.
Speaking after the conference Partner, Francis Lacy Scott commented “Whilst many people are aware of the life-changing effect that a brain injury can have on an individual, it can be easy to forget the profound impact that it can have on their relationships with friends and family members. We are therefore delighted to have addressed some of those important issues at the conference this year and to have raised such a fantastic sum for Headway East Sussex in the process.”