‘We help our members grow through a variety of networking opportunities.’

Onwards and upwards for Headway Newry

From trauma to triumph. These were the words used by one brain injury survivor to some of the journey of being involved with Headway as it officially opened its new base in Newry. Cutting the ribbon in Kildare Street premises on Thursday Mayor Michael Ruane praised the achievements of the acquired brain injury support group since its founding in 2008. “The opening of these new city centre premises will be a tremendous asset to the ongoing work of Headway,” he added. “The programme of events and facilities offered will ensure that those living with a brain injury will be able to participate fully in all aspects of daily living.” Following the official proceedings friends, family, fundraisers, Board members and volunteers packed the new Headway building to capacity as they came together in celebration. Ellen Fitzsimmons Chair of Headway Newry thanked all who assisted in acquiring and moving into the premises. “Without the support of the local community and the ongoing work of our volunteers Headway Newry would not be the organisation it is today,” she said. Special tribute was paid to Larry Lynch, James McCann and Geraldine Tucker all of who played their part in the Headway story but didn’t live to see its new building open. Brain injury survivor and finalist in the Headway UK Awards 2014 Vincent Ward meanwhile shared his story with the crowd ending with the words: “When your get up and go has got up and gone a shot of Headway is all you need. Headway aims to better life after brain injury by offering social and recreational activities to service users and supporting their carers and families. For more information contact the office 028 3083 3728 or email info@headwaynewry.org


Newry Democrat

1st October 2013