Wharton Family make Generous Donation to Headway North Cumbria

The Wharton family have recently made a generous donation of over £500 to Headway North Cumbria to support our programme of providing information, support and services that are vitally needed by brain injury survivors, their families and carers.  Following the sad passing of a family member as the result of an accident the family contacted Headway with a view to making a donation to a local charity that they felt carried out valuable work in the community.

Cath Wharton – mam of Kerry and Darren, mother-in-law to Tim and Lisa,  Nana to Jodieleigh, Jamie, Luke and Alex and Great Nana to Jaq, sister to Ann and Jo, sadly passed away on 30th June 2018.  Cath had been on holiday in Turkey with best friends Wendy and Derick when she slipped on wet steps and had a fall.  She was admitted to a Turkish hospital for 12 days before being flown back to the UK on 27th June so as to be transferred to the Cumberland Infirmary.  She sadly passed away in the Intensive Care Unit of Cumberland Infirmary on 30th June, with her family around her, as a result of hypoxic brain injury – a type of brain injury that occurs when there is a disruption in supply of oxygen to the brain.  Her funeral was held at Carlisle Crematorium on 13th July 2018.

Headway North Cumbria offers sincere condolences to the Wharton family at this difficult time and are extremely thankful to all those who attended Cath’s funeral and gave so generously.


There are many potential causes of cerebral hypoxia, which can subsequently cause a hypoxic brain injury.  Headway has published a factsheet that is intended as an overview of the causes, effects, treatment and rehabilitation of hypoxic brain injury. The factsheet can be found at this link: