Headway devon

Royal visit commemorates Headway Devon move to historic building

Taunton Clinical negligence Partner Chris Thorne was honoured to be included in welcoming party when Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visited the charity’s new headquarters in Exeter. Chris, acting in his role as a Trustee of the Charity, also made a short speech thanking Her Royal Highness at the conclusion of the event.

During the visit, The Countess of Wessex toured the XCentre – which is the headquarters of Headway Devon as well as the charity’s Exeter-based day centre for people with brain injuries – speaking to people affected by brain injuries and supporters of the charity.

Earlier this year and following a two-year fundraising appeal Headway Devon successfully purchased the XCentre, a sympathetic conversion of the city’s old wool-drying shed.

Clarke Willmott have strong links with Headway, an organisation which provides rehabilitation and support to those clients of the serious personal injury and clinical negligence team who have suffered serious brain injuries. Martin Pettingell has been Chairman of Headway Somerset for some years, whilst Chris is Vice-Chairman in Devon and other team members work closely with local groups in Bristol and Birmingham. The firm is sponsoring the Headway Devon Annual Conference in the Spring of 2016.

After witnessing some of the activities at the centre Chris invited Her Royal Highness to unveil a plaque to mark the visit.

Following the visit, Headway Devon Chief Executive Anne Mattock said, “We were really pleased with how the event went. To have The Countess of Wessex here was a great validation of the important work that we do in the local community.

“Our clients thoroughly enjoyed meeting Her Royal Highness, who showed a real interest in their stories and experiences, taking the time to speak to each person individually. It was a very positive experience for us all and we were touched by her understanding and compassion.”