Brain injury hits the road
To mark Action for Brain Injury Week Headway Devon embarked on a tour of the county, with coffee mornings featuring an exhibition of art produced by people with brain injuries in our valued local centres. The tour took in each of the fife towns wehre Headway Devon runs a centre: Torquay, Tiverton, Exmouth, Honiton and Exeter.
Action for Brain Injury Week is an important and valuable opportunity to raise awareness about brain injury and the lifelong disabilities that it can cause. As well as raising vital funds through the sale of teas, coffees and cakes at each location, this roadshow boosted the profile of Headway Devon and the work that is done in the local community through extensive coverage on local radio stations and in local newspapers. This meant that many people came along to find out more about what we do and offer their support.
Local councillors took time out from their busy schedules to visit the roadshow, including Cllr Bobbie Davies in Torquay, Town Councillor Sharon Pavey in Honiton, and Cllr Ian Martin in Exeter, while the Exmouth event was officially opened by the Town Crier.
Councillor Bobbie Davies, who visited the roadshow in Torquay, commented “I’m astounded at the talent and the stories in the art exhibitions, and I love the poetry. It explains exactly how it must feel not to be able to understand what’s going on in one’s life and adjust to what’s happened. It’s lovely that people have the opportunity to express themselves in this way.”
Cllr Davies also said, “In my previous work I encoutered a lot of people who had similar experiences and there is so little for people to get invovled with, especially the elderly. Often having a stroke is just seen as part of getting older and it shouldn’t be. I wasn’t aware of Headway Deovn and the work that is being done. I had no idea that there were five centres in Devon, and it needs to be broadcast. What Headway Devon is doing is amazing.”