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Brain Injury Support Charity Given Headroom At Hospital

Royal Bucks Hospital

5:50am 15th May 2014

A charity supporting people affected by brain injuries has praised The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital for coming to its' rescue and giving it a temporary home for free.
Headway Aylesbury Vale, which is preparing to move to a purpose-built new centre later this month, sent a message of thanks to the hospital for saving it from homelessness in its' hour of need.
The charity hit difficulties with overlapping dates at the end of last year when it had to move from the resources centre in Bierton Road, Aylesbury at the end of its' lease. It had been there since 2006, operating two days a week and serving 22 local people but hadn't finalised a new lease in time.
The organisation admits it was at desperation point because, despite lengthy efforts, it was unable to find a suitable temporary base by a deadline of December 2013 while it secured a permanent new home.
But up stepped Andrew Norman, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital in Buckingham Road, Aylesbury, who saved the day with an offer of a room.  

Headway manager Karen Styles said 

"This alone would have been enough but in addition they made the decision not to charge us for its use.  While it was essential we found a permanent site that would be suitable to encompass our plans to expand our services to serve even more people and their carers, it was vital that we found temporary accommodation with suitable facilities to continue to support our current clients and services.  

Given the needs of our clients, this was no easy task - and as the deadline drew nearer we really were getting quite desperate." 

Headway, which offers a range of services to people with acquired brain injury, is now looking forward to moving in to a purpose-built facility in Wedgewood Street, Fairford Leys, Aylesbury. The new centre will be partially supported for two years by Buckinghamshire County Council and has the potential to be open seven days a week in the future, allowing for the delivery of a broader range of services. 

According to Headway, there are up to 1500 Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors in Aylesbury Vale.

Peter Preston, Chairman of Trustees said:

"We are very excited at the prospect of moving into our permanent new base and the future is really looking good for ABI survivors and their carers in Aylesbury Vale.  However, we simply cannot forget the generosity of the hospital which came to our aid when things were really looking bleak.

Originally when we moved in, we told Royal Bucks that we would need their facilities until the end of April.  However as often happens with projects like this, a series of minor delays compounded to mean that we won't be able to move in until the end of May. 

Once again Royal Bucks have come up trumps and despite other revenue opportunities that were on offer, they have extended our stay until the end of May and continue to provide the room free.

The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital is an independent Centre specialising in rehabilitation and care for spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions.  

Chief Executive Andrew Norman said:

"We are committed to improving the lives of adults with neurological conditions, and it's been a pleasure to have Headway based here. Headway's goal is to support people with neurological challenges, so it was a good fit for us, and we were happy to provide a room for free. We are keen to build strong links with the local community, and we look forward to working with Headway and supporting them in their new premises."

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