Leadership and Self Development received the following report of a Landmark SELP project that was a fundraiser created by Paula Bradley in Ireland to support those with brain injuries. Read below:
A bumper cake sale for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland was held on Sunday November 18th in Greystones Co Wicklow. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (www.abiireland.ie ) is a nationwide charity founded by members of my family, providing and developing services for families living with acquired brain injury. Over 18 helpers volunteered their services for the day selling cakes and providing cups of tea. The day included cakes, buns, refreshments, spot prizes and a raffle. We got fantastic support from community and friends. Over €1000 was raised to further develop services in the area.
There is an estimated 10,000 people per year who experience an ABI in Ireland today. Coming from a need to support their 41 year old brother Peter return to his own community, after a severe head injury, and placed in an Alzheimer’s unit, members of the Bradley family formed the Peter Bradley Foundation, (now ABI Ireland). Since setting up in 2001, with Peter back in his own home, there are now 16 houses across Ireland and over 500 clients being provided with much needed community based neuro rehabilitation services (having sustained a head injury or acquired a brain injury from other causes; such as stroke, falls, sports injuries, assaults and encephalitis.
ABI Ireland (see www.ABIIreland.ie) supports families living with brain injury by providing both residential and home & community services to have people be independent in their own community and by providing specialist information and training for carers and family (eg BRAIN AWARE programme).