Blargoans Charity Golf Day 2013

Blargoans hosted its annual Corporate Golf Day on the 15th June 2013 at Thurso Golf Club. Our aim is to thank all our valued customers while raising money for local charities. Thurso Golf Club as always was an excellent host to the 70 players and thankfully the weather was very good to us this year.

We held a charity raffle and £1700 was raised which is amazing thanks to all those that came and supported the Event. This year the two deserving charities were Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) North Highland Branch and Headway Highland - Caithness.

CHSS is one of Scotland's leading medical charities.

Coronary heart disease is one of Scotland's biggest killers.

Stroke is the main cause of disability in the community.

Chest illnesses of various kinds are the biggest single reason people use the health service.

Pictured from Left -On behalf of Blargoans Theresa MacGregor, Lynne Calder, Representing Community Stroke Services section of CHSS, Alison Brownie along with some members and volunteers.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) North Highland Branch meet at the Ross Institute, Halkirk on Tuesday`s between 11.30 and 3.30pm

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community.

Research - They fund research into all aspects of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and the social impact of chest heart and stroke illness. Their current programme is worth more than £1 million.

Care And Support - They provide care and support throughout Scotland for people affected by these conditions, as well as their families and other carers. More than 1,200 people affected by stroke, especially those with communication problems, benefit from their main community service, the Communication Support Service (CSS) and 800 volunteers help operate it locally.

Advice - The Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line offers a direct link to confidential, professional advice from trained nurses. This is backed up by their Health Information Team Department with booklets, factsheets, DVDs and videos, available free to patients and carers in Scotland. Their health professionals provide specialist advice and training to particular groups with specific needs. More than 100 local chest heart and stroke clubs are affiliated to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and their Community Support Network brings practical help and advice to those whose need is greatest.

Welfare - Their personal support grant programme provides direct financial aid to help patients and their families with some of the practicalities of living with a debilitating illness. The specialist Benefits Advice Service is reaching a growing number of those in need.

Funding - To maintain and expand their vital work in research and community services, they rely almost entirely on the continuing generosity of the Scottish public, business and community organisations. Every pound they raise in Scotland is spent on research and services in Scotland.

They are always looking for new volunteers to help out with the group and hospital support services.

For more details please contact

Pictured from Left On behalf of Blargoans William Davidson, Carol Paterson & Theresa MacGregor presenting the cheque to Michael Giles who received it along with others from Headway Highland, committee members Craig Cameron and Jackie McKay are front right.

March 2011 saw the opening of a local support group HEADWAY HIGHLAND – CAITHNESS

Headway Highland in Caithness is a local charity that was formed by volunteers to reduce isolation and provide much needed information and support to brain injury survivors, their families and carers. Headway highland in Caithness meets on the last Tuesday of the month alternating meetings between Thurso and Wick. Contact Telephone Number for Headway Highland Caithness – 07765675954

Their aims are: To promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury. To provide information, support and services for people who have suffered a brain injury, their families and carers. Affiliated to Headway UK the brain injury association, Headway Highland in Caithness relies solely upon voluntary donations to continue to provide vital services to brain injury survivors and their families. Headway is independent and impartial.

Brain injury is often known as the “hidden disability” because the problems that arise from brain injury are not always obvious or visible to another person. Problems can include: personality changes, lack of insight, inappropriate behaviour, poor memory, speech and language difficulties, fatigue, poor perception, recognition and judgement, difficulty understanding, poor planning and problem solving skills, mental health problems, loss of physical sensations and physical disabilities.

Brain injury is defined as loss of brain function which can be caused by: accidents, poisoning, stroke, brain tumours, infections and lack of oxygen. Brain injury can have very serious effects on the lives of people who sustain the injury and their families. There is no miracle cure for brain injury – it takes hard work to develop the skills that have been lost, to develop new skills, effective coping strategies and ways of compensating for difficulties. Brain injury survivors need to gain self confidence, self awareness and insight in order that realistic goals can be achieved.

For many people with a brain injury, their families and carers, Headway Highland in Caithness is a lifeline offering local support and information to people living in Caithness who are coping with life and the emotional roller coaster that goes with brain injury.

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