Headway, a charity which helps sufferers of head injuries, is now able to support more people and their families in the Neath Port Talbot area after receiving its largest ever donation from Neath based company, Hale Construction.
Since opening a branch in Neath two years ago, Headway has held monthly meetings where members in the area can support one another around the devastating effects that brain injuries can cause.
This has quickly become a lifeline for many people with over 60 individuals now being supported by the branch.
However the branch relies entirely on fundraised money which can be hard to come across due to Headway’s relatively low public profile compared to other charities.
The £5,000 donation from Hale is the largest donation that the branch has received and will help the branch reach others that could benefit from its help.
Jill Pearson, the treasurer of Headway’s Neath branch explained:
“We’ve never received an amount like this before so it’s fantastic. The branch means a lot to our members as we’re all in the same boat together. We can discuss our problems but also see each other’s progress. But it can be difficult for people with head injuries to get to the group as they often aren’t able to drive – we could use this money to help transport them to a meeting or we could hire a bus and organise a day trip out.”
She added: “I did think of sending my colleagues out to do some carol singing to raise funds but it mightn’t have been so successful.”
Hale choose Headway as a charity that they wanted to make a donation to because the Chairman, Jonathan Hale and Financial Director, Ceri Brown, both had personal experience within their family of head trauma.
“My father passed away from a brain aneurysm. He was suffering from symptoms for a few years and although there were investigations, doctors did not pin point the issue. Whether they could have stopped what happened I don’t know. Both Ceri and I wanted to help a charity that could make a difference in this area so it’s fantastic to think that this donation could make a real impact.”
Hale Construction builds properties for Housing associations as well as Hale’s own private housing developments through Hale Homes.