Brain Injury Foundation Chair delivers ‘inspiring and emotional’ keynote speech

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Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Frank Dolaghan, Chair of the Brain Injury Foundation, was invited to give the keynote speech at the conference of The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) recently in Ballymena.

150 delegates from across the voluntary, community and funding sectors attended.



CFNI is one of the leading funders of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland and represents a large number of trust funds.

Frank was given the theme ‘Adapt and Survive’ and spoke firstly about how he and his wife Aileen had to adapt to survive the cliff fall sustained by their son Tony twenty-five years ago and then moved on to speak about how the Brain Injury Foundation had adapted to survive since its establishment almost 6 years ago.



Frank highlighted that the Foundation had started with almost no funds but since its inception has raised almost £800,000 of investment in support services for brain injury survivors and their carers and now has assets in excess of £400,000.

These include Our House and Biffers, the pub with no beer. This journey has not been without its challenges for the group and Frank described how the Foundation’s clear vision, its commitment to creating and sustaining a volunteer team of leaders and its approach to innovation has been key factors in the success of the group.



Orla Black, Grants and Donor Care Manager with CFNI commented after the presentation, “This was an excellent keynote address which was really inspiring and very emotional. It was a perfect end to our conference.”



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