Thompsons Solicitors and Exchange Chambers support Headway event with call for families of brain injury survivors to receive greater support

February 13, 2023

As part of their shared commitment to secure greater support for the families of brain injury survivors, Thompsons Solicitors and Exchange Chambers are delighted to sponsor Headway’s Look Ahead in the North activity weekend from 3 – 5 March 2023.

Now in its 11th year, Look Ahead in the North is a residential activity weekend at the Calvert Trust in Kielder Forest, Northumberland for brain injury survivors, their support workers, friends and family to enjoy numerous outdoor activities and social opportunities in an informal environment.

This year’s varied programme covers a range of outdoor pursuits, relaxation and pampering sessions.  Activities include wheelchair accessible assault courses, disco, mobile petting zoo, caricature artist, hypnotherapist, African drumming, Indian head massage, beauty treatments, hydro-therapy pool, boat rides, archery, zip wire and wheelchair accessible climbing.

Commenting on their support for the event, Samantha Hemsley, national head of the serious injury department at Thompsons Solicitors said:

Look Ahead in the North is the largest event of its kind in the UK and we are thrilled to announce our sponsorship.”

Added Trevor Hall, principle serious injury lawyer at Thompsons Solicitors:

“In recent years, there have been numerous studies highlighting the crucial role family members play in neurorehabilitation and long-term support.

“No family is ever prepared for the massive impact of brain injury and events like this are hugely beneficial to the ongoing recovery process.”

Said Bill Braithwaite KC, Head of Exchange Chambers:

“Because so many brain injury survivors are too badly injured to ever work, leisure is a hugely important part of their life; how they will fill their days with real enjoyment and without boredom and frustration.

“Research proves that outdoor and leisure activities can help individuals in their recovery from brain injury.  We are delighted to support Look Ahead in the North while working on a wider basis to address the absence of support for the families of those with brain injury.”