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Charity campaigns for more brain injury help

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to make sure people and families affected by brain-related injuries get the access they need to vital support services.

Headway, a charity which works to improve life after brain injury, has revealed that it is working as the voice of brain injury survivors across Burton and South Derbyshire as part of Action for Brain Injury week.

The group aims to increase awareness of the plight of individuals and families affected by brain injuries and how vital support services cannot be reduced as a result of funding cuts and welfare reforms.

Luke Griggs, spokesman for Headway, said: “Cutting rehabilitation services or reducing access to these services is a false economy as it reduces the chances of people with brain injury regaining their independence.

“This in turn is likely to lead to an increased reliance on state support in the long term as people are less able to maximise their recoveries and care for themselves.”

“Families are also under increased pressure to care for their loved ones due to reduced access to specialist support.

“This could lead to people no longer being able to cope with the physical or emotional toil of caring, or no longer able to manage financially.”

A recent example of the vital role support services play in helping people get their lives on track is the story of a Yoxall schoolgirl.

Nearly a year after the Mail reported the remarkable story of Lauren Pearson, who diagnosed her own brain injury having had her fears dismissed by various experts, the 17-year-old is in much better shape as she continues her pain-staking battle back to health.

It is now three years since Lauren underwent an operation to have the tumour removed, and she is still required to meet a gruelling rehabilitation schedule to aid her recovery.

Her mother Julie said: “She’s doing really well; her speech is getting better. We don’t know whether it will get back to how it was before, but it’s getting better.

“It’s amazing how she has come on, but it’s just a slow process.

“People look at Lauren and how far she has come and she gives them hope. She just has this commitment to keep going.”

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