Between the 20 - 26 May 2019 is Action for Brain Injury (‘ABI’) Week, a week-long awareness raising event organised by Headway, a leading charity that is dedicated to promoting understanding of all aspects of brain injury.
Fatigue: Managing the Brain Drain
ABI week 2019 is focussing on Fatigue – or excessive tiredness – which is one of the most commonly experienced effects of brain injury. Indeed, it is the most commonly cited effect of brain injury reported by the 11,000 callers to the Headway UK helpline each year. Headway Norfolk and Waveney are hoping to give a voice to those affected, to raise awareness and break the stigma of brain injury-related fatigue through events across Norwich, kindly sponsored by city centre law firm Hatch Brenner Solicitors.
Colin Cook, Hatch Brenner Partner and Brain Injury Specialist Solicitor said: “Fatigue is standard across the board in every case of acquired brain injury we see at Hatch Brenner. Those with a brain injury can manage their fatigue through pacing, knowing their limits, including rest breaks and other coping strategies into their day, and rehabilitation.
“Even in the most subtle brain injury, fatigue will be present as a symptom. It is a huge impacting factor on the individuals’ ability to return to the workplace. Without the understanding of their employer it can cause huge problems. We have to bear in mind the limits of the clients we work with. Like a powerful phone with a dodgy battery, their brain just fully shuts down at 70%. We work with each client, and often will not schedule mid-afternoon meetings to avoid the effects of fatigue. But every case is individual.”
Fashion and Styling event
On Thursday 23 May 2019 at 6:30pm, Jarrold are hosting an evening of fashion and styling in aid of Headway Norfolk and Waveney. The evening will include a live beauty demonstration and tips on how to style hats and accessories ready for those summer days out. Tickets are £10 and include a glass of wine, available at jarrold.co.uk/events. All funds raised will go directly to Headway Norfolk and Waveney.
Amy Beck, Business Development and Marketing Manager at Hatch Brenner commented: “We are all really looking forward to the fashion and styling event at Jarrold. Action for Brain Injury Week helps highlight the important work Headway Norfolk and Waveney carry out with the victims of strokes and brain injuries in the region. By supporting victims and their families, the charity provides a life line in terms of adjustment, confidence and independence. The Jarrold event is a fun way to raise awareness of Headway Norfolk and Waveney, whilst having a great evening with colleagues, business contacts, friends and supporters.”
Laura Jones, Chief Executive of Headway Norfolk and Waveney added: “We’d like to thank our long term community partner Hatch Brenner for their continued support, as well as all the team at Jarrold. There are over 5,000 cases of brain injury and stroke in our region every year. Events like this help us to raise awareness and understanding of acquired brain injury, and allow us to continue to support people's independence, rehabilitation and wellbeing through providing information and support services directly to people with acquired brain injury, their families, carers and the wider community.”
Headway Norfolk and Waveney are hosting a ‘Fatigue Workshop’ on Thursday 23 May which will explore: managing fatigue after brain injury, understanding the impact of fatigue and identifying strategies to cope. For more information on this workshop or to book a free place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hats for Headway Day
Friday 24 May sees the return of Hats for Headway Day. Now in their 40th anniversary year, the event organised by Headway UK, encourages supporters of the charity to wear a wacky hat for the day, donate £2 and help improve life after brain injury. Many businesses in the region will be supporting the event in the workplace, including Headway Norfolk and Waveney supporters Hatch Brenner Solicitors on Theatre Street.
 NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre & Headway - the brain injury association, 2018