Brain injury conference could become an annual event

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The organisers of a brain injury awareness conference hope it will become an annual event following this year’s success.

The Brain Injury Conference, ‘Invisibly Different’, took place over two days at Lancaster House Hotel this June in aid of Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay.

Supported by Birchall Blackburn Law and SJB Chambers, the conference was called Invisibly Different because often it isn’t apparent from a person’s appearance that they have a brain injury.

As part of the 2016 Law Festival, the conference featured keynote speaker Kate Allatt, who beat Locked-in Syndrome following a catastrophic stroke.

Invisibly different eventDianne Yates, partner and head of serious and catastrophic injury for Birchall Blackburn Law, said:

“The conference was a great success, raising much needed funds for Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay and attended by more than 70 people, our initial thought is to run it again next year and build the event into an annual conference.Kate Allatt gave an inspirational talk about her struggle with and through Locked-in Syndrome which was very well received.

“The evening BBQ and gig which Pleural Tap headlined was attended by members, their families and carers, plus speakers and exhibitors and was a high energy, upbeat and very enjoyable evening.  

“And the mix of legal and non-legal presentations combined with the speed networking worked very well together.

“We are still working out the final total for monies raised by the conference, but it is over £3,000 at this stage.”

The conference is the first ever arranged by a Headway branch to help raise funds and lift the veil on the reality of living with a head injury.

Janet Staff, chair of Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay, added: “Our aim was to host a conference with a difference.

“The speed networking had everyone up on their feet at regular intervals. Delegates had just two minutes to explain who they were and what they did before moving on to their next partner.

“The feedback we’ve received tells us delegates found the whole experience a refreshing change.”