Performer and politician on song for Fife charity

Service user and committee member Susan McGrath (left) with Barbara Linton who recently retired as chairman of Headway Fife.
Service user and committee member Susan McGrath (left) with Barbara Linton who recently retired as chairman of Headway Fife.

A Kirkcaldy politician and a Fife performer will show true community spirit tomorrow when they help to re-launch a local brain injury charity.

Dunfermline-born singer Barbara Dickson OBE has agreed to take time out from rehearsing for her Scottish Variety Awards performance to join brain injury survivors, carers and supporters as they mark the start of the new-look Fife Headway.

And David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, will also be there to show his support of the charity, which provides information and support to local families affected by brain injury. Anyone interested in learning more about its work is welcome to attend the open event, which takes place between 11am-2pm at The Victoria Hotel in Kirkcaldy tomorrow (Thursday).

Following the lead of its sister group in East Lothian, Fife Headway also plans to unveil a new brain injury services directory. The directory, which has been produced by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, will provide information and contacts for families, carers, clinicians and other professionals in need of guidance or specialist advice about brain injury.

“We are proud to produce this directory with Fife Headway,” said Elaine Russell, partner at Irwin Mitchell Scotland. “I hope it provides a valuable resource to people in Fife affected by brain injury and their families.”

Tributes will also be paid to Fife Headway’s stalwart, Barbara Linton, who officially stood down as chairman recently, after 21 years of service.

“I intend to continue supporting Fife Headway as it is a charity that is so close to my heart,” said Barbara, who was supported by the group in 1995, eight years after her late husband Bob sustained a traumatic brain injury.