Brain injury charity announces rugby club partnership

Charity Headway Darlington and District has taken up residence at Mowden Park rugby club.

Headway Darlington and District, which supports people affected by brain injury and their families, has taken up permanent residence at the club's Northern Echo Arena.  In addition to giving the local charity its first real base, the partnership has already seen Headway start to work with the Mowden Park community education schemes including an initiative to increase awareness about the importance of identifying and treating concussion within sport. Events to raise funds and awareness of brain injury are being planned for 2016 at The Northern Echo Arena, including cycling days organised by Gateway Wheelers, a group that works to enable people with disabilities to enjoy cycling using a range of specially adapted bikes. Nicola Hughes, chairwoman of Headway Darlington and District, said: "Our new premises and partnership with Mowden Park marks a progressive and exciting chapter for everyone involved with our support group. When we received our charitable status, we wanted to partner with an organisation that has a community footprint and also an understanding of our work and our values.
  the staff and volunteers at Headway Darlington and District
"We are very grateful and delighted to be part of the Mowden family as we look forward to developing our local services and reaching out to even more people affected by brain injury in Darlington and the surrounding areas." Concussion in sport is taken very seriously and Mowden Park have a progressive approach to their extensive community work. Mowden Park managing director Lee Rust added: "We are delighted to have Headway Darlington and District based at the arena on a full time basis. "Headway is an organisation that we are proud to be associated with and to support. "We now have a large number of businesses, charities and community-based organisations who call the arena home. Headway’s decision is another testament to the quality of the facility and it marks a further step toward in the collective goal of creating a community hub which benefits the town and region.’’ The partnership comes after a report released by the national Headway charity in May revealed that there were more brain injury hospital admissions per head of population in the North-East than any other region in England last year. The statistics show that there were 279 head injuries per 100,000 population in the region, with males 1.9 times more likely than females to be admitted with a head injury.
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