Tom Brake walks for the Brain Injury Centre

March 15, 2011 10:30 AM

Tom Brake went along to a sponsored walk in Nonsuch Park recently to mark Brain Injury Awareness Month. The MP for Carshalton and Wallington joined 35 walkers who were raising money for the Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People in Banstead.

He said: "It was heartening to see staff and clients of the Brain Injury Centre out walking and raising money for the Foundation."

The Foundation was set up in 1934 and acquired its name after an informal visit from the Queen Mother, then Queen Elizabeth, in 1941. Since then it has worked with people with physical or learning difficulties as well as those with acquired brain injuries.

Tom said: "It is very sad that so many people are afflicted with brain injuries. Recovery and rehabilitation can be slow and difficult; the support that the Brain Injury Centre provides for its clients is invaluable."

Tom was speaking in the run up to 'Wear a Hat Day', this year on 25th March, which aims to increase awareness and raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

Charity figures show that more people die from brain tumours than any other form of cancer. There are over one hundred different types of tumour and they can affect people of all ages. However, research is still very much underfunded. March is Brain Tumour awareness month, and Brain Tumour Research are hoping to raise £7 million a year to continue their work.

Sutton residents can get involved on 'Wear a Hat Day' simply by wearing a hat to work or school and donating a minimum of just £1 or more. Anyone who would like to take part should visit www.braintumourresearch.org for more information.

Tom commented: "I will be wearing a hat along with the staff in my office to show our support for this cause. By raising money for Brain Tumour Research we can help improve the treatments available for this widespread yet sometimes overlooked illness."

Eileen Jackman, Principal of QEF Neuro Rehabilitation Services, said "In these austere times it is heartening to receive local support for our efforts. Acquiring brain injury from trauma/illness is devastating for anyone; rebuilding a life brings hope and opportunity but requires patience, expertise and resources. We really appreciate the generosity of those involved in helping us to maintain our vital services.

"In addition to people living with acquired brain injuries, QEF also supports those with physical and learning disabilities to achieve their life goals."

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