Grant to fund Headway

18th November 2013

A charity which supports people who have been affected by a brain injury, their carers and families has been given a financial boost from a regional law firm.

BHP Law is one of the funders supporting the formation of Headway Darlington & District, a local branch of a national charity, earlier this year and a grant has now been approved from its Grass Roots fund, which is administered by County Durham Community Foundation.

The £500 grant will be used to help with set up of a community branch of Headway, designed to provide help, advice and support to local families who have been affected by brain injury, and to fund social events and outings.

Every year more than a million people go to emergency departments in hospitals following a head injury and of these around 135,000 are admitted as a consequence of brain injury.

The effects can be devastating, causing physical and or cognitive damage as well as altering victims’ personalities and behaviour. 

Giles Hudson, Chair of Headway Darlington and District, explained: “As a person who has had a head injury and has benefited from the association with Headway and their facilities, I am delighted with the funding. This, along with other donations from generous organisations, will benefit those who are unfortunate to suffer from these horrendous injuries.”

BHP Partner and Court of Protection Deputy Karen Pratt said: “We are delighted that our partners have approved this grant to Headway Darlington & District, to help it become fully established and to expand its work for the benefit of those who are living with a brain injury and their families.”

BHP’s personal injury team has represented a number of clients in complex cases involving brain injuries, while their team of Court of Protection Deputies are also appointed by the courts to manage any awards of compensation, ensuring clients are fully supported throughout their lifetime.

Headway Darlington & District are currently hosting a monthly session on the first Tuesday of every month from 1pm-3pm, at Darlington Fire Station, in St. Cuthbert’s Way.


For more information about Headway, visit their website at or to contact Headway Darlington & District, please call Claire Hewitt at BHP Law on 0191 3324577 or by email at