Last week was one of our busiest weeks, Action for Brain Injury Week gives us a chance to maximise awareness of our cause. We are focused on acquired brain injury 52 weeks of the year, but for us this awareness week is an opportunity to focus the minds of others on the problems facing families across the UK- and what they can do to help. The #timeforchange campaign has been gaining momentum and we visited Parliament this week for a Brain Injury Lobbying Reception with our friends at UKABIF and Chris Bryant, Labour MP for the Rhondda who has been championing awareness of ABI.
This year our theme was siblings support, we know all too well that ABI is an issue that affects the whole family, and through no fault of parents, the other children in the family can feel side -lined or almost forgotten – as parents juggle the demands of family life and having a very sick child in hospital, as Lucy B explains below. We want to thank each and every young person for being brave enough to share their story with the nation.
This week we launched our new siblings pack, when parents come across our service they will receive this siblings pack – to let children and young people know they are not alone, and that it is ok to not be ok with everything that is going on.
The theme of siblings support is something we are going to work on throughout 2019 and the next big thing, coming your way in June, is the launch of our Zero to Hero novel, written by long term friend of the charity – Sarah Mackie. So keep an eye on all our social media to find out more.
“When their younger brother Josh, is involved in a car accident, older siblings Riley and Nathan Summers must learn to navigate school work, friendships and life changing decisions; while balancing the ever-changing needs of their family.
A heart-warming coming of age story about resilience and overcoming adversity”
Special thanks this week goes to 3PB Cambers, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Pure Legal Costs Consultants and Nestor IFA for hosting a fantastic golf day at Olton Golf Club. This event raised over £3000 to support the work of our ABI Coordinators.
Thanks for helping to make ABI week 2019 such a success!