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  Emma Melia    
  May 8, 2017

Brain Injury Awareness Week from 8 – 14 May 2017 - Hats off for Headway

Come and share cake and coffee on Friday 12th May 2017 between 11am and 3pm to help raise funds for a great local charity, Headway North Derbyshire. The event will be held at Spencers Solicitors Spire Walk Chesterfield (near B&Q!). There will be various raffle prizes and a prize for the person who wears the silliest hat.

Action for Brain Injury Week

Every year the national charity Headway UK hold “Hats of for Headway” during Brain Injury awareness week. This year Spencers are hosting an event to help raise funds and awareness for the local Headway North Derbyshire.

We know that brain injury is generally misunderstood, while those whose effects are largely hidden, can struggle to get the help and support they need.

What is a Head Injury?

Head injuries can range from a superficial cut, graze, or bump to serious harm to the internal structures of the brain which are often invisible to the eye or high resolution scans. Head injuries all too often go undiagnosed or untreated leaving those who sustain injury and their families confused about why or what is causing them to feel strange and act out of character.

Typical Symptoms or Effects of Head or Brain Injury

The symptoms of head injury fall into 3 basic categories:-

• Physical - headache, dizziness, feeling sick, light sensitivity

• Psychological - depression and anxiety

• Cognitive- difficulties concentrating, forgetfulness, difficulties rationalising or thinking, impulsivity, increased anger lack of inhibition etc.…

Headway UK has a very helpful and informative website which is packed with information for anyone affected by brain injury. Headway North Derbyshire is a local gem and resource available to people with brain injuries and their loved ones.

Headway North Derbyshire are a local self-funding charity They meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Chesterfield Community Centre on Tontine Road between 7 and 9pm in an informal and relaxed environment. They hold a variety of other social events and outing throughout the year. Many who use the services of Headway say they do not know what they would have done without the help and support they provide. Brain Injuries can be very socially isolating. Headway North Derbyshire’s regular social meetings can offer the opportunity to meet with other survivors and their families to make friends and have fun.

Head injury can be a subtle foe resulting in people and their families struggling to cope with extra demands thrown at them but with the right support and treatment, life can be easier.

If you have had an accident and suffered a head or brain injury help can be found by contacting Emma Melia at Spencers Solicitors who is a lead litigator in Spencers specialist Serious Injury team on 01246 266 674 or emma.melia@spencerssolicitors.com Emma Melia has over 20 years’ extensive experience as a solicitor in serious injury litigation.

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