Charity moves into Ashington to support head injury victims

The launch of the new Headway branch, Central Northumberland at Hirst Welfare in Ashington.  Pictured are Bob Walkinshaw, the Chairman of the branch and also a head injury survivor Julie Leightly.
The launch of the new Headway branch, Central Northumberland at Hirst Welfare in Ashington. Pictured are Bob Walkinshaw, the Chairman of the branch and also a head injury survivor Julie Leightly.

HELP is at hand for head injury victims as a new branch of the charity Headway is now up and running in south east Northumberland.

The branch, based at the Hirst Welfare Centre in Ashington, was officially opened last week by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, and deputy Ashington mayor Brian Gallacher was also present to show his support.

The new Headway branch in Ashington is launched.

The new Headway branch in Ashington is launched.

Mr Lavery agreed to become a patron of the charity, saying: “I will be doing all I can to help them with their valuable work.

“Headway provides a great support service to individuals with head and brain injuries and their families and carers.

“It is a great example of how much importance our community in Wansbeck puts on looking after its own.”

Ashington town councillor Bob Walkinshaw, himself a head injury survivor, is chairman of the new branch.

The group will be holding monthly sessions in different locations around the county.

For further information, call Alastair White on (0191) 283 4562 or visit www.headwaycn.org.uk