Blues and No5 Barristers’ Chambers support brain injury charity Headway

We would like to thank the Club and No5 Barristers’ Chambers for their generous support.

Luke Griggs
No5, who have been sponsoring the Club for the past two seasons, donated their ‘back of the shirt’ sponsorship and digital board advertising to Headway – the brain injury association ahead of Saturday’s game.

The First Team players wore special one-off kits featuring Headway’s logo which will be signed and used for auctions and competitions all designed to get people talking and more aware of the impact of brain injuries. 

Headway works to improve the lives of people affected by brain injury through a range of frontline services including a network of around 130 groups and branches across the UK. The charity supports individuals, families and carers to adapt to the challenges brain injury can bring.

Alongside the players wearing the kits, the match day mascots also special kits with the Headway logo emblazoned on the front.

“We would like to thank the Club and No5 Barristers’ Chambers for their generous support,” said Luke Griggs, Director of Communications at Headway.

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to raise awareness of brain injury. We all think ‘it will never happen to me’, but the reality is that a brain injury can happen to anyone at any time and the impact can be devastating. Indeed, every 90 seconds someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with a brain injury.
“There has been a huge amount of good work taking place to raise awareness of the risk of concussion in sport, and Birmingham City FC’s support of Headway’s own Concussion Aware campaign highlights the club’s positive attitude to this important issue.”

In addition, Headway Ambassador, Team GB Paralympian and Cerebral Palsy Football Captain Jack Rutter, was our special guest on the day. He was interviewed by Sky TV presenter and Blues fan Chris Skudder at half-time.

Former Birmingham City youth team player Jack was 18 years old when, a month away from signing his first professional contract, he and headed out for a celebratory night with friends at a nightclub in Gloucester. A few hours later, his life changed irreparably when he was brutally assaulted in an unprovoked attack outside the club. A sickening punch to the back of Jack’s head caused him to fall and hit his head on the curb, leaving him with a brain injury. Jack woke up from a coma in intensive care with his dreams of becoming a professional footballer shattered. Jack then began the slow and arduous task of rebuilding his life with help from Headway.
Showing tremendous courage and tenacity, Jack has since gone on to achieve great things, not least captaining the GB Football team at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro last summer.
Other promotional activity on the day included Headway branding in and around the stadium and volunteers, staff and brain injury survivors from Headway Birmingham and Solihull around the ground handing out leaflets and speaking to fans about the importance of being concussion aware.
Tony McDaid, Chief Executive and Director of Clerking at No5 Barristers’ Chambers added: “We have been working with Headway over many years and continue to marvel at the level of support they offer to individuals and their families post brain injury.
“The charity’s Concussion Aware campaign is an initiative that both we at No5 and our friends at Birmingham City Football Club fully support.”
For more details about Headway, then please click here.