Uckfield Lions support brain injury charity


Uckfield Lions have donated £1,200 to a brain injury charity.

Headway Hurstwood Park, based in Newick, is currently working on a pilot scheme, in connection with the Neurotpathy Partnership, to bring speech and language support to those affected by brain injury in East Sussex.

Headway Hurstwood Park is an independent charity set up in 1998 and affiliated to Headway UK.

It supports adults affected by brain injuries including those resulting from strokes, brain aneurysms and accidents.

As well as the Newick centre the charity has a growing outreach service supporting people in their own homes, carers, services and support groups around the county.

Chief executive officer Michele Fleming and therapy and day services manager, Claire Benson are delighted with the way the pilot is progressing. Even though therapists are working with clients who had their brain injuries several years ago, they say it has been revealing about the progress, albeit small, that can be made from a little therapy input.

When discussing the work that could be done with the speech and language therapist, there was one stumbling block, the availability of suitable IT facilities at Headway. Although this has been a focus in recent years it has not been possible to extend this to being able to provide laptops or iPads for clients to use in sessions.

Uckfield Lions visited the Newick centre and saw first-hand the work undertaken there. That’s when they chose it as their nominated charity. As a result of their donation, the charity has been able to buy three iPads, thanks to the cheque handed over by Lions’s president Graham Baldwin.

Michele Fleming commented on the growing financial pressures on all charities in recent years, particularly those impinged on by the statutory funding cuts. And she points out that it has become harder to ensure the level of support needed by this growing group of people. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by brain injury, you can contact Headway Hurstwood Park on: 01825 724323 or visit www.headway-hp.org.uk

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