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‘Turning the sod’ on new sensory garden


‘Turning the sod’ on new sensory garden

turning the sod on new sensory garden at flagship neuro rehabilitation service Anvers

Turning the sod: (L to R) Barbara O’Connell, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Maria Bailey TD, Denis Buckley Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Rev Gary Dowd St. Paul’s

There’s been great excitement this week as we ‘turned the sod’  to mark the beginning of new works to benefit more brain injury survivors attending our neuro-rehabilitation services in Glenageary, County Dublin.

Exciting new plans

Our plan is to develop a unique sensory garden and growing area  thanks to the fundraising efforts of our neighbours, St Paul’s Church. We were joined by local public representatives Maria Bailey, TD and Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD to help us celebrate the good news at our flagship residential unit on Adelaide Road in Glenageary, founded in 2000.

Thank you

Thanks to money being raised by the parishioners of St. Paul’s, a new sensory garden area will allow our clients affected by brain injury to work on practical outdoor skills and improve memory, planning and organisational skills.

At the heart of our community

Barbara O’Connell, Chief Executive with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland said: “Today’s groundbreaking ceremony would not be possible without the incredible support of our funders. We extend our sincere thanks to the fundraising efforts of St Paul’s Church here in Glenageary. We are delighted to be the beneficiaries of their generosity in such a significant year as the Church celebrates its 150th anniversary. Community has always been at the heart of everything we do in Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and this partnership will change the lives of people living here and help them become even more integrated into the Glenageary community.”

The scale of brain injury in Ireland

Every year in Ireland an estimated 13,000 people acquire a brain injury resulting in life-altering, dramatic change. These injuries we see often happen suddenly and can be traumatic, caused by road traffic accidents, stroke, assaults, falls, concussion and viral infections like meningitis. Early access to personalised neuro-rehabilitation services like ours, is vital to ensure brain injury survivors can start to rebuild their functional, behavioural or cognitive skills after they leave hospital.

“Nobody ever thinks a brain injury will happen to them.”

Barbara continued: “Nobody ever thinks a brain injury will happen to them – yet it happens to 35 people in this country every day. Too often people we see with brain injuries are young and they are left in inappropriate settings such as nursing homes, community hospitals or at home where families are unable to cope. That’s exactly what happened to my brother, Peter. After two serious road accidents by the age of 42, my brother Peter suffered two brain injuries which meant he was no longer able to live independently. To see him misplaced in a nursing home at such a young age, was devastating and this drove me, with the support of my family, to set up an organisation to meet Peter’s needs and those with stories like his known now as Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.”

Thanks again to everyone for their support with this great project and we’ll keep you updated on its progress.

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