Brain Injury is something we are all becoming more aware of. Especially now that it has been identified as one of the potential serious long term consequences of Coronavirus. 9 year old Mason and his Mum, Naomi Rees, from Rhondda Cynon Taff, were made very aware of its distressing consequences when a close friend suffered serious brain injury as a result of an accident. Mason was determined that he wanted to do something positive to support his friend and others who have been affected by brain injury.
Mason explains, “I met my friend through kayaking. He has inspired and taught me so much about the things I love. When I heard this news I was devastated. I wanted to do something to show him how much he means to me and others at the club so I have set myself a big challenge. I am attempting to cycle 88.5km along the Taff Trail from Brecon to Cardiff Bay on 2nd August to raise funds for Headway Cardiff and South East Wales who do fantastic work to support people with acquired brain injury.”
“Mason must be the youngest supporter we’ve had to undertake such a grueling challenge to fundraise for us.” Rebecca Pearce, Chief Executive at Headway Cardiff and South East Wales acknowledges. “We’re so grateful to him and his mum and the community who have got right behind his efforts. He has already raised £770 on his GoFundMe page https://gf.me/u/ybfmbb . Donations such as this enable us to be able to continue to provide vital services to people who have had brain injuries through these difficult times.”
About Headway Cardiff & South East Wales – Headway Cardiff & South East Wales help people affected by acquired brain injury to rebuild their lives. ABI can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Lives can be changed in an instant. At Headway Cardiff & South East Wales we support individuals with ABI to regain their independence and help their families, friends and carers adapt to a new way of life. We offer social groups, life, counselling, an Information & Outreach service and an Independence & Wellbeing Centre based at Rookwood Hospital.