Registered Charity No: 1068295

What is the Val Hennessy Trust?

The Trust is a local charity founded to provide information, support and advice to individuals and their carers who have been affected by the condition of Brain Aneurysm.

What are the aims of the Trust?

The Trust provides up to date information about the diagnosis and causes of Brain Aneurysm. In liaison with other statutory voluntary organisation the Trust aims to profile the condition to the public.

The Trust is strongly in favour of supporting family members and carers as they are often the key support for individuals who have suffered a Brain Haemorrhage. As such the Trust can provide personal counselling to individuals affected by experiences of Brain Aneurysm.

What is a Brain Aneurysm?

Brain aneurysm is a rare condition, which affects one in 10,000 people in the UK. It is a sudden leak of blood over the surface of the brain under the arachnoid membrane. Most spontaneous Brain Aneurysms are due to a rupture of an intracranial aneurysm.

The aneurysm, also called a Cerebral Aneurysm is a swelling of one of the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain. The aneurysm wall tears under pressure and blood will haemorrhage into the fluid filled space that surrounds the brain; this is called a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage.

The symptoms characteristic of a bleed in the brain include:

  • the onset of sudden severe headache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of consciousness
  • stiff neck
  • fever
  • sensitivity to light

The bleed may follow a period of physical effort, which raises blood pressure.

Diagnosis of Brain aneurysm is critical in the management of interventional treatment.

The condition differs in severity for each individual and the treatment may vary.

An individual’s condition and the size and location of the aneurysm will determine the appropriate form of treatment. Although surgical techniques are the commonest form of treatment of aneurysms , ‘endovascular’ treatment can be performed from inside the artery.


Contact: Gerard Millsopp MIW(acc)




Jim Hennessy

Graham KerbyMr M Cooke,Reader in Emergency Medicine, Warwick Medical School,
Mervyn LewisCoventry.
Mary MorrisMr A Saxena,Consultant Neuro-Surgeon, University Hospital, Coventry.
Stella Roberts         Mr J Wasserberg,  Consultant Neuro- Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital,

Here are some links to other charitable organisations which we hope you may find useful.

British Brain and Spine Foundation
Brain and Spinal Injury Centre
The Stroke Association
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation
Abacus Counselling Services