Dragon race for head injury charity, Headway

Dragons will be racing across the choppy waters of West Kirby Mariner Lake this Saturday May 20 to raise money for a vital head injury charity in Wirral.

Headway Wirral is holding its fifth Dragon Boat Festival with nearly 20 motley crews from local businesses, organisation, friends and family. The teams will be competing to win the hotly contested annual paddling race and raise important funds for the charity.

Headway Wirral is a charity that works tirelessly to improve life for people and their families after a serious brain injury. It runs a wide range of services including carer support, social integration and rehabilitation programmes.

Philip Barr, from Headway Wirral, said: “The Dragon Boat Festival is our biggest fundraising event of the year and we’re grateful to everyone taking part and supporting us. Without this event we couldn’t do anything for the estimated 800 people in Wirral who live with a brain injury.

“A catastrophic brain injury can completely change a person and it has a huge impact on family and friends. Each victim faces different challenges, including memory loss, depression, mood swings and debilitating fatigue. It is frightening and isolating for everyone involved but we try to help.”

Headway Wirral runs three support groups for people over 18-years-old. One in Bromborough, sponsored by Birchall Blackburn Law, and two in Birkenhead. The charity also holds a drop-in clinic at Clatterbridge hospital. It costs more than £25,000 a year to fund Headway’s activities in Wirral and £5,000 a year to run a weekly support group. The vast majority of Headway’s funding comes from generous donations and fundraising.

Dianne Yates, Partner and Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury for Birchall Blackburn Law, says: “We thoroughly recommend a trip to see the Dragon Boat Festival – and take part! It’s a great day out for a brilliant charity that we’re very proud to support. We can’t overstate just how important Headway Wirral is to the people of Wirral who use it. We’ve seen the work they do and it transforms the lives of people who would otherwise be afraid, isolated and lonely.”

Headway also works to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and social stigma, campaigns to reduce the incidence of ABI through education, promoting the use of cycling helmets, reducing car speeds and improving road safety.

Headway Wirral’s Dragon Boat Festival is held from 10am on May 20 at West Kirby Sailing Club with food, drink, raffles and an after-paddle award ceremony and party. If you are quick there is still a chance to enter a team! Email info@wirraldragonboat.org or call Ann Allister, Headway Wirral Trustee, on 07595 081 749.

For more information about Headway Wirral go to www.headwaywirral.org.uk.