Action for Brain Injury Week 2014

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Action for Brain Injury Week 2014 – Artwork Project

The Child Brain Injury Trust launched an innovative art exhibition during Action for Brain Injury Week 2014. The exhibited pictures were painted by young people with an acquired brain injury to highlight some of the problems they have faced since acquiring their brain injury.

There are eight common areas that can affect a child following a brain injury. These are: fatigue, problems with attention and concentration, perception difficulties, memory problems, behavioural difficulties, difficulties with executive skills such as reasoning and solving tasks, problems with communication and social skills. Many of the children focused on visualising one of these areas through their artwork.

Sonia Whymark, one of the parents’ of a child who has submitted artwork to the collection commented: “I was so pleased that Ben was asked to take part in this project. It’s been a fantastic opportunity which has really given me a wonderful insight into how Ben feels and sees things through this very expressive medium.

It has been a delightful learning experience for the whole family and I was really proud to see how enthusiastic and focused Ben was from start to finish.”

Ben, who acquired his brain injury after contracting meningitis and septicaemia at just 16 months, chose to visualise the difficulties with concentration, being distracted by the slightest noise at times; “everything is fine and then all of a sudden, I’m ‘listening without looking’, ‘sounds are everywhere’ and become too much and I can’t concentrate on anything”.

To view the first set of paintings

To view the second set of paintings

Action for Brain Injury Week 2014 – Real Life Blog Posts

It’s not just young people who are helping us to raise awareness during this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week. Parents of some of the children we have supported wrote insightful blogs, sharing some of their experiences and emotions.

Debi Dougall blog post
Carly Keane blog post
Oliver Aston blog post
David Russell-Douglas blog post
Janet Grew blog post

We also had lots of people around the UK taking part in some fantastic fundraising events for us during the course of Action for Brain Injury Week. Sponsors of Action for Brain Injury Week, Bolt Burdon Kemp, had a large team of staff taking on the Kamikaze mud challenge! We had supporters taking part in hair-raising zip line adventures, coastal walks, running events, cake and bake sales, a cheese and wine tasting evening, an adventure across the snake pass and a team from the Child Brain Injury Trust Head Office took on the world-famous Silverstone grand prix circuit in the form of a duathlon.

This year’s Action for Brain Injury Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds. So please help us by sharing our Facebook posts and re-tweeting our tweets.