Representatives from specialist medical law and serious injury law firm Simpson Millar attended the Headway Annual Awards ceremony in London last week to officially deliver a cheque for over £32,000 which has been raised through staff-led fund-raising initiatives throughout the year.
Part of the firm’s commitment to its role as 2019 ‘baton holder’ for the brain injury association charity Headway, the money will be used to support its work helping people who have been directly and indirectly affected by brain injury.
The funding efforts from the Leeds team, and from across Simpson Millar’s network of 11 offices, included taking part in ‘Go Wild’ – Headway’s annual Corporate Challenge to take on a variety of grueling outdoor activities including trekking climbing and lake swimming – mince pie mornings, and the quirky #HatsForHeadway event.
The firm also hosted a glamourous masquerade ball at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool in September, which was attended by more than 140 people and raised in excess of £9k for the charity.
The combined efforts of the staff saw them easily beat their initial £20,000 target.
The Annual Headway Annual Awards at the InterContinental in Mayfair celebrates the exceptional efforts of survivors of brain injury as well as those caring and supporting them.
Ian Cohen, Head of Personal Injury & Medical Negligence Claims at law firm Simpson Millar, said: “It’s been an honour for us to support Headway throughout 2019 especially in this, their 40th Anniversary Year. Well done to everyone, both inside and outside of the firm, who took part in our events and who donated essential funds to a wonderful charity.
“The work that Headway do on behalf of serious head injury victims is absolutely invaluable. At Simpson Millar we know that when people suffer life-changing injuries they and their families need a lot of support after an accident and Headway helps rehabilitate those most in need.
“Our own values of being open and supportive of survivors of brain injury and their families are a perfect fit with Headway and we look forward to continuing our support and building our relationship with Headway in the years to come.”
Jo Plant, Director of Fundraising for Headway – the brain injury association, said: “We are so grateful to everyone at Simpson Millar who worked so hard and showed such courage taking part in some truly testing fundraising events. It was lovely to see how the whole organisation really got behind Headway to give their time and effort so generously throughout the year.
“To break what was already a difficult target by so much is amazing, and the money raised by their efforts will enable the charity to support many people living with the consequences of brain injury. Thank you to everyone who took part.”
Headway is dedicated to promoting an understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers. In addition, the charity campaigns to reduce the incidence of brain injury.