Sudbury: New help for brain injury patients

James Woolcombe, who sustained a brain injury, senior therapist Glenda Roberts, Sudbury mayor Adrian

James Woolcombe, who sustained a brain injury, senior therapist Glenda Roberts, Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne and Woylat Hussain, one of the centre's drivers at the official opening - Credit: Archant

A new clinic, which will provide counselling to people who have suffered brain injuries, has opened in Sudbury.

Psychotherapist Glenda Roberts developed an interest in this field of therapy after a family member suffered a severe head injury.

Her new premises in Station Road were officially opened by Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne on Saturday.

He told the EADT: “An acquaintance of mine was involved in a serious car accident and suffered really bad head injuries. After he had gone through the initial physical rehabilitation, there was nothing much available in those days to help him come through it mentally.

“Hospitals can do wonderful things with neurosurgery but head injury patients can often suffer from depression.

“I had also become concerned about the number of serious road accidents in the Sudbury area in recent years, and the fact that there was little help in this part of Suffolk for dealing with the related psychological trauma.

“This facility is a great boost for the area.”

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Ms Roberts originally worked in the clothing trade but retrained as a psychotherapist after a tragic family incident sparked a desire for a career change.

She said: “I discovered I had a natural ability to empathise and work with trauma victims. My experience made me realise I needed to be involved with something far more worthwhile.”

A team from the new clinic recently completed a parachute jump to raise more than £1,000 money for the road safety charity, Brake. Call 01787 829141 for more details.

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