With the support of the people of Sligo, through a number of fundraising initiatives such as the West of Ireland Mini Marathon, cyclists on the Dublin-Sligo cycle in 2014, ABI Ireland’s annual Lough Gill cycle, Lisadell Christmas tree festival, Stephen Mullane cycling all around Ireland, as well as many individual fundraising events organised by friends and families Acquired Brain Injury Ireland can now officially open a new Neuro-rehabilitation Resource Centre for those living with a brain injury and in need of community based services.
Mayor of Sligo Tom MacSharry who officially opened the service said “ABI is a largely hidden problem in society leaving services under resourced and reliant on good will if you wish. To witness this service open here today on the back of donations made by the people of Sligo is simply incredible, something we should be proud of and must hold onto. It is now time to nourish it and ensure this essential service is available to anyone who needs it; enhancing life after a brain injury by providing adequate neuro-rehabilitation services.
Seamus Dennison is a client of the ABI Ireland Sligo service and following his injury and the support he has received from the service he has become a strong advocate for others living with an ABI in Ireland. As an official speaker at the opening he said Before I had my Stroke I never knew what a brain injury was, and I certainly didn`t think that a stroke was a brain injury. After I came home from the hospital I can only describe life after my brain injury as ‘living in a black hole’, I was struggling to live the life I once knew and didn`t understand what was happening to me. Once I accessed the local ABI services and spent some time in the residential rehabilitation Unit in Tonaphubble, I learned what it meant to have a brain injury and how to live life after it. This neuro-rehabilitation service completely changed my life and that of my family. For that I am truly thankful”.
ABI Ireland services across the country continue to depend on fundraising money to sustain and develop services throughout the country. Please donate here.