Headway is one very special charity

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AN accident, a stroke or any number of medical conditions can result in a traumatic brain injury, but there is a charity that can help.

Headway is there to assist anyone who has suffered a brain injury and its volunteers also provide support for family members, friends, carers and medical professionals.

David Winkfield from Morecambe, who was critically injured in a road accident at the age of 19, and Naomi Powell from Galgate, whose mum tragically died following a brain haemorrhage at just 53 years of age, are two of the people who have found Headway’s caring advice to be invaluable.

It is deeply moving and inspiring to hear Naomi and David talking about how brain injury has affected them.

Naomi’s mum Jo, a talented writer, journalist, tutor and barrister, passed away only last year.

The Lancaster and Morecambe Bay branch of Headway has been helping Naomi and the rest of her family to cope with the loss of their beloved mother.

Twenty-three-year-old Naomi has been so inspired by Headway’s work that she has raised nearly £2,000 through a charity night in her mum’s memory and has a number of other fundraising events planned for 2012.

Likewise, David talks of how Headway has helped him to lead a normal life after his accident. Despite the injury he has suffered, David took to the air and did a skydive with the Red Devils, raising around £1,000 for Headway. He has also done the London Marathon twice for the charity.

Naomi discovered Headway by doing some research on the internet: “I wanted to see if there was anybody that had gone through what we were going through,” she said.

See The Visitor (24-01-12) for full story.