Headway Gwynedd Supports Brain Injury Awareness Week

Brain Injury Awareness Week

18.05.2010

Headway Gwynedd Supports Brain Injury Awareness Week

Members of brain injury charity, Headway Gwynedd, donned walking boots and waterproofs to highlight Brain Injury Awareness Week (May 17 – 23) with a climb up Mount Snowdon on Saturday May 15.

And to draw further attention to their cause, they wore a selection of brightly-coloured hats which proved a real talking point among other walkers on the mountain.

The group, which included four members of the charity, canine supporter Misty the papillon, and Jonathan Betts, Partner of Irwin Mitchell law firm in Manchester who works with many head injured clients including a member of Headway Gwynedd, spent six hours climbing to the top along the Llanberis Pass.

Brian Bollington, chairman of Headway Gwynedd, said: "It was a fantastic day and we certainly drew attention to ourselves with our headwear. We talked to loads of people and gave out leaflets on route and even managed to collect some funds for our charity in a spare hat.

"Some of the team had been sponsored for the challenge and we are hoping to raise around £1,000 in total, including £25 specifically for Misty the dog," he added.

He continued: "The effects of a brain injury can affect people in different ways including their ability to work, manage everyday activities and their own affairs. It can also have an impact on memory, personality and temper and those affected often require a lot of support and help from those around them. This ranges from physical care to assistance with hospital visits, welfare benefits and returning to work issues.

"Our climb up Snowdon certainly got people talking. Our initial aim was purely to support Brain Injury Awareness Week but we raised some much-needed funds as well." he concluded.