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Experts in surviving brain injury coming to Shropshire for major conference
25 Jan 2016
by Simon Alton

A major conference looking into the journey from surviving a brain injury to rehabilitation and beyond is due to take place in Shropshire.

The event is being organised by Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors and is open to everyone, particularly those people who have suffered a brain injury, their families and carers, as well as medical professionals, and anyone working in health, social care and education.

Speakers will include highly-respected experts in their fields, and individuals, affected by brain injury, who will talk about their experiences.

The conference is being held at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on March 17, and tickets are £13 for individuals and charities, or £60 for professionals, if booked before January 29. Following that date, tickets will be £15 for individuals and charities, or £75 for professionals.

A proportion of ticket sales will be donated to three charities, namely Headway Shropshire, Midlands Air Ambulance and The Movement Centre at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry.

Sharon Morris from Bridgnorth, a client of Lanyon Bowdler, who is currently going through the journey herself, will be speaking at the event about her experiences.

Sharon said: “As a mum, I look forward to sharing my journey with everyone at the conference, following my daughter’s birth to now, 10 years on. It’s not always a bed of roses because the future of our family life has been changed forever.

“This event will be hugely beneficial to any medical and healthcare professional working in the field, as well as those families, like us, coping with the difficulties brought about following a brain injury.”

Among the speakers will be Zara Bowden who is the Local Offer Co-ordinator with Shropshire Council as well as co-chair of the Parent And Carer Council (PACC) in Shropshire, who said the event was a great opportunity for people to understand the journey.

“I will be talking about the support that is out there, because there are a lot of organisations doing some amazing work which people just aren’t aware of,” she said.

“It will be a day full of really useful information and advice, and I would urge anyone who has been affected by, or has an interest in brain injury to come along.”

Neil Lorimer, head of personal injury at Lanyon Bowdler, is one of the UK’s leading brain injury legal specialists and will host the event along with Lanyon Bowdler’s head of clinical negligence, Kay Kelly.

He said: “We are really pleased with the calibre of speakers we have attracted to this event, which includes Dr Nick Crombie Consultant and clinical lead with the Midlands Air Ambulance and Dr Andrew Worthington, a Consultant in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at Headwise.

“We also have the chief executive from the charity, Headway Shropshire, Jean Robinson, and Pauline Holbrook director of clinical services with The Movement Centre in Oswestry, talking about the fantastic work they do for children affected by brain injuries.

“It is a rare opportunity to have so many experts in the same place at the same time, so everyone – whether they are professionals or people wishing to understand more about brain injury and what support could be available – will get a lot out of the day.”

For more information and to book tickets, call 01743 280280 or email SBI@lblaw.co.uk

Sophie Davies, Neil Lorimer and Kay Kelly from Lanyon Bowdler with some of the speakers at the event.

Sophie Davies, Neil Lorimer and Kay Kelly from Lanyon Bowdler with some of the speakers at the event.