CORK’S Lord Mayor has thrown his weight behind a new campaign to raise €2m for a local brain injury facility.
Lord Mayor Mick Finn met with brain injury survivors from the organisation Headway this week as part of their latest campaign launch.
The event marked National Brain Injury Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness of brain injuries and give a voice to brain injury survivors.
Stephen Forrest, a service user of Headway, highlighted the importance of the campaign.
“It’s a difficult road for all survivors and their families, but Headway is there to help,” he said.
“However, Headway’s current Cork facilities are not sufficient to support anyone trying to cope with such a life-changing injury.
“At the end of 2018, Headway purchased a site on the Carrigrohane Road which the organisation has been renting for a number of years. The hope is to merge its current services in Ballincollig and Carrigrohane and deliver a rehabilitation centre for people living with brain injury on the Carrigrohane site.”
Head of Headway Rehabilitation Services in Cork, Liz Owens highlighted the need for a new and updated centre.
“We have reached a critical point in time - a new centre needs to be built,” she said.
“A project plan is currently being developed that will allow for the creation of a state-of-the-art, not-for-profit facility that will be able to treat hundreds of patients annually. Headway needs to raise a total of €2m to build, landscape and furnish a location that will treat and support hundreds of survivors and their families each year.”
She urged people to get behind the campaign.
“As we work towards this vision for our Headway Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, we both want and need to include the Cork community on our journey,” Liz said.
All funds raised through the fundraising campaign will be ringfenced for the development of the Cork centre which will provide support and assistance to individuals and families in crisis. Each year the centre helps over 350 families affected by brain injury.
For further information or to contribute to the Cork Headway campaign, go to www.headway.ie/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/cork-capital or call 1800 400 478.