A member of the Thompsons Solicitors team in Bristol has faced her fear of heights to raise £500 for the brain injury charity, Headway.

Tina Cook, who works in the Thompsons Solicitors’ cost team, abseiled a 110ft drop at Bristol’s Avon Gorge to raise money to help people adjust to life following a brain injury.

The South West serious injuries team at Thompsons has been a long-standing supporter of the charity and has a close working relationship with Headway Bristol from their experience representing clients who have suffered brain injuries.

The donation was presented to Headway Bristol fundraiser, Kate Hicks, in an event held at the Thompsons Solicitors’ office.

Tina Cook said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have raised £500 for Headway Bristol - it’s a charity I am very passionate about supporting. The fundraising event was a great opportunity for me to really challenge myself, especially as I have such a fear of heights, but finding myself hanging upside down at the top of the Avon Gorge was certainly not what I expected!”

Lisa Gunner, serious injuries solicitor at Thompsons, said: “As a firm we are a great supporter of Headway and have engaged in a number of fundraising activities. The donation raised by staff at Thompsons is another example of our commitment to working with partners who help, support and have a positive impact on the clients we work with.

“Our experience of working with people who have suffered brain injuries as a result of terrible accidents has given us a really good understanding of the value Headway provides to those who have suffered life-changing injuries.”

The ‘Headway Bristol Descent’ event saw 22 supporters of Headway Bristol tackle the Avon Gorge drop.
Headway provides information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers.

Kate Hicks, fundraiser at Headway Bristol, said: “It was wonderful to see a diverse range of our supporters for the abseil. Service users, volunteers, friends, family and corporate members all came together to take part in the challenge.

“The support we receive from organisations such as Thompsons, is vital in helping us raise awareness about brain injury and funding to provide our services.

“The money Thompsons raised will go directly to benefitting individuals who have survived a brain injury and their families and carers.”