Eastleigh MP Mims Davies remembered her Dad this week as she sat on the front bench in the House of Commons for a debate on Acquired Brain Injury.
Commenting on the debate, Mims said:
“This was a really poignant debate for me, particularly following Father’s Day on Sunday, as my Dad suffered from an acquired brain injury which affected him for their rest of his life, and changed my family forever.
“It was therefore a real privilege to sit on the front bench for this debate, alongside my constituency neighbour and Health Minister, Steve Brine, as he spoke of the importance of making progress in supporting those affected by an acquired brain injury.
“I was pleased to hear the Minister and other colleagues thank and congratulate Headway for their work in this area. This brilliant charity provided so much support to my dad and my family after his head injury, and I know that they have been a pillar of support to a large number of my constituents too.
“In 2013 I had the pleasure of running the Brighton Half Marathon to raise funds for this charity, and I have continued to support their work wherever and whenever I can. I really can’t thank the Headway team enough.”
Over twenty MPs from across the political spectrum took part in the debate. Many focussed on the experiences of their constituents, while others shared their personal experiences of Acquired Brain Injury, and how it had impacted upon their lives, as well as the lives of those around them.
Throughout the debate, MPs also looked to pay tribute to brain injury charity Headway, which was first formed in 1980 to support the families of those living with an acquired brain injury, and today has more than 125 Headway groups and branches supporting people in their local communities across the UK, including Headway Southampton which covers all of south west Hampshire including the Eastleigh Constituency.