A lawyer who set up a support group for brain injury survivors is getting on her bike to raise funds.
Carol Hopwood will join thousands taking part in Liverpool’s ‘Nightrider’ event – a 100km night time route taking in some of the city’s iconic sights.
The mum-of-two will be riding alongside Professor Tom Solomon, a neurologist, and GP Dr Phil Weston, all raising money for Headway’s Sefton branch.
Founder and branch secretary Carol, 46, a serious injury lawyer at Slater and Gordon, has first-hand experience of how important the charity is.
She said: “I was delighted when Headway gave me the go-ahead to set up the Sefton branch as a I felt there was a real gap in support services locally for brain injury survivors and their families.
“A brain injury is devastating to deal with and people were telling us they felt isolated, scared and exhausted.
“Our committee is made up of brain injury survivors, legal and medical professionals and carers to ensure that we get input from every angle.
“When we started, we only had a handful of members and now we regularly have up to 40 people drop in at our monthly sessions. Carers and family members are also welcome and the feedback is really positive.
“For some people, it’s the only time that they might leave the house and so our long term aim is to meet more often.”
Headway Sefton provides information and advice to members and also organises regular activities including guest speakers, pamper sessions, arts and crafts and ‘talking therapy’ workshops.
The group relies solely on donations which is why Carol, from Blundellsands, has decided to get on her bike, despite a back injury two years ago which left her struggling to exercise.
She added: “Every penny raised will go towards our running costs, pay for a social event or even a day out for our members.
“When the going gets tough I’ll remember our brain injured members and the struggles they face every day and that’s what will keep me going.”
The North West’s first ‘Nightrider’ takes place on Saturday, July 16th, winding its way by moonlight through Liverpool, The Wirral and the Mersey Tunnel.
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For more information about Headway Sefton, which meets at Waterloo Rugby Club between 1pm and 3pm on the second Wednesday of every month, call 07736 774 496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.