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Headway Boosted by 2 London Marathon Runners

Brain injury charity Headway Suffolk will be boosted by not just one but two runners for the first time in the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 22.

Sue Vincent, who will be the charity’s ballot place runner, and Jo Fellowes, who chose Headway after gaining her own place, will both be running the iconic event for the first time. Both are from Ipswich.

Sue, 46, is a member of the COES Rushmere Community Runners group that meets at the Ipswich School Sports Centre in Rushmere St Andrew every Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Sue works as a Trade Support Assistant for Canada and Mexico Exports at Mediterranean Shipping Company in Ipswich, and she saw the effects of brain injury first hand when one of her colleagues sustained a stroke just after Christmas.

Sue, who admitted she had given up all hope of pounding the streets of the capital, has raised over £400 so far of her targeted £1,000 on her sponsorship page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/suzanne-vincent-SAVMLMBONDS3332018-846987.

She said: “I’ve been running now for four years. The first few years were spent running on my own but then I decided to go to my local Park Run in 2016 and everything changed. I have met some wonderful people through my running and I can honestly say I haven’t looked back since.

“2018 was always going to be my year to run a Marathon but never did I think it would be London!  So when I was approached by RCR/Headway Suffolk to take on the challenge, there was no chance of me saying no.

“I’m so grateful to everyone for this opportunity and I certainly hope to do you all proud and raise lots of money for this amazing local charity.

“I have 13 half marathons under my belt but this is most definitely the biggest challenge of my life so far!”

Jo, 39, who works in education at Suffolk County Council and has been running for four years, first became aware of Headway through a fundraising appeal at a Co-Op store for Christmas meals (now on May 14) at the charity’s dementia group, which meets on the second Friday of the month at St Augustine’s Church in Bucklesham Road, Ipswich.

The group is particularly close to Jo and her family’s hearts as both her grandparents suffered in later years with the illness, and she will be raising funds to support the service.

She said: “I am raising money for Headway Suffolk, a fantastic local charity, which does amazing work for people with dementia and brain injuries. The money I raise will go directly to a dementia group which runs every month at St Augustine’s Church, just around the corner from where we live.

“My grandparents both suffered with dementia so this is a cause very close to mine and my family’s heart.

“The group supports those living with dementia, and their carers, providing a safe and sociable session to enjoy a fish and chip lunch, to make friends and gain support from one another.

“There is a small charge for people attending the session to pay for the food and the hall hire, so the sponsorship I raise will help to enhance the fantastic service already offered by the volunteers. There is a real need for funds to help provide entertainment for the group, helping to stimulate their minds and engage in activities.”

Jo, who turns 40 just six days before the marathon, has already exceeded her £1,000 target through her sponsorship page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoannaFellowes1.

Click to read the Ipswich Star’s coverage here.

New course for family carers

Brain injury charity Headway Suffolk is launching a new and free unique course for family carers to train as professional carers.

The course, which will run for three weeks, will enable any family carer who has looked after a loved one with any condition to train as a professional carer through experiencing care support provided in Headway’s hubs and home care services.

Each carer will also benefit from the charity’s in-depth training, including qualifying in first aid, manual handling and the care certificate, as well as training in other care subjects.

On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a job opportunity with Headway Suffolk and start training for level two in health and social care.  Each candidate must have a clear DBS check and be able to drive.

The course is being offered completely free of charge.

For further information on this exciting opportunity, contact Helen Fairweather on 01473 712225, 01473 552834, or email: helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Professor Stephen Hawking: Statement

Headway Suffolk is very sad to learn of the death of Professor Stephen Hawking this morning.  Our thoughts and prayers go to our Patron, Professor Hawking’s first wife Jane.

Professor Hawking spoke about his journey with MND at Headway Suffolk’s Conference in 2016.   On that day he showed courage, dignity and a sense of humor, which neurological conditions try to take away from a person.

He will always remain in our thoughts.

Statement by Helen Fairweather, CEO Headway Suffolk

Dr Hayo to Speak on Dementia at Headway Conference

Neurology charity Headway Suffolk is delighted to announce that Dr Hilda Hayo will be a keynote speaker at its fourth Neuro Conference on Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Kesgrave Conference Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave.

Dr Hayo has been the Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO for Dementia UK since 2013.  Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through its Admiral Nurse service.  A dual registered nurse, she has over 38 years’ experience of working with people diagnosed with dementia and their families.

During this time, Hilda has held senior positions in clinical services, hospital management and higher education.  She held Principal Lecturer posts at both London South Bank University and University of Northampton, specialising in older people’s mental health, dementia and community care.

Hilda is particularly proud of setting up a nurse-led Younger People with Dementia service in Northamptonshire and still retains a small clinical caseload of families living with the effects of young onset dementia.

Her doctorate focused on how and why social connectedness changes in families living with the effects of behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia.

She has recently published a book, along with two other colleagues, on young onset dementia and identifying how to deliver better and more appropriate support and care for individuals with the diagnosis and their families.

Headway Suffolk supports persons living with dementia, including holding a group every second Friday of the month in Ipswich for persons living with the condition and their family carer.

The charity hopes to work closely with Dementia UK and the Admiral Nurses it supports and trains, who attended last year’s Conference.  When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia, their families and carers: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions. Dr Hayo’s talk is being kindly sponsored by East of England Co-Op.

Dr Hayo joins scientist and health expert Professor Robert Winston as the two confirmed speakers so far.

Headway Suffolk has attracted huge interest in its first three Conferences, with author Jane Hawking talking about her life as a family carer in 2017, famed scientist Stephen Hawking making a rare public appearance to discuss his life with motor neurone disease in 2016, and local brain injury survivor Andrew Renton taking his first public steps in 21 years in 2015.

This year’s event promises to be another highlight in Suffolk’s calendar with Dr Hayo and Prof Winston set to be joined by other eminent keynote speakers (to be announced in due course) to address guests on a broad range of subjects related to brain injury and neurological conditions.

Tickets are priced at £40 (plus booking fee) and are available from Eventbrite at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headway-suffolk-neuro-conference-2018-tickets-40194431627.

James Recognised in YMCA Apprentice Awards

Headway Suffolk is pleased to announce that James Stewart has just become YMCA runner-up apprentice of the year.

James started working at brain injury charity Headway Suffolk in July 2014 as an apprentice.  He received support and learning from Ipswich YMCA.  After successfully completing his apprenticeship, he gained permanent employment with Headway Suffolk.

Being keen to learn and progress James studied for his Level 3 diploma in care.  He also received additional training from Headway Suffolk’s physiotherapist.

He has recently trained to become Headway Suffolk’s manual handling trainer.

James Stewart said: “My apprenticeship has given me a sense of direction in my career after having no idea what I wanted to do.  It has helped me mentally and I have since gained in confidence to test myself and try new opportunities.  I wouldn’t be able to achieve this recognition if it wasn’t for the great team work and leadership skills from my peers.”

Helen Fairweather, CEO of Headway Suffolk, said: “We are very proud of James’s achievement and are delighted that the YMCA recognised James in this way.  Headway Suffolk has a long history with the YMCA and has supported many young people to gain their first qualification in care.  Many of our apprentices are still in post and have progressed to more senior roles.”

Anyone interested in an apprenticeship with Headway Suffolk should contact Helen Fairweather CEO on helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Cycle Ride & Walk celebrates 10th anniversary

Headway Suffolk is marking the 10th anniversary of its Sponsored Cycle Ride in Ipswich with a new 10 mile walking route as well for those who prefer to be on their feet!

Hundreds of cyclists, experienced and inexperienced, have enjoyed the Headway’s flagship fundraiser since it started in 2009 and, between them, have raised a fantastic £45,000 for the charity’s vital services for local adults with an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition.

The ride and walk both start at 9.00am on Saturday 12 May at the charity’s Ipswich hub at Epsilon House, West Road, on Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, where they also finish.

The 28 mile cycling route takes in Bucklesham and seaside town Felixstowe along the east Suffolk coast, with cyclists given the option of an additional 12 mile loop past Newbourne.

The new 10 mile walking route heads along Felixstowe Road to the University of Suffolk and Suffolk New College, and along Woodridge Road past Ipswich Hospital.

It is open to everyone and is an ideal team-building exercise for companies with the Headway Shield presented at our Awards Dinner in November to the team that raises the most sponsorship.

The Seven Group have won the Shield for eight consecutive years!  Other participating groups have included Ashtons Legal, Pound Gates, Scrutton Bland, Gotelee, Marshall Hatchick and a Headway team (including the CEO!).

It’s £10 to participate unless you have sponsorship.  You can find the route and sponsorship details at: www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events.

All monies raised goes to fund Headway Suffolk’s rehabilitation, therapy and support services at its hubs, in the community and at people’s homes throughout the county and south Norfolk.

The charity’s communications and marketing officer David Crane said: “Last year our tremendous supporters raised a brilliant £8,300 – the most in any single year –and these funds make such a significance to us delivering the variety of high-quality services for local brain injury survivors.

“The ride creates a great team spirit and everyone really enjoys being part of the event.”

Recruitment Day – 20 February

Headway Suffolk will be hosting a recruitment day on Tuesday 20 February in Ipswich, with a range of exciting opportunities available.

The charity supports over 250 adults with an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition in Suffolk and south Norfolk with rehabilitation, therapy and support services at its hubs and in the person’s own home and community.

The recruitment day, which takes place at Epsilon House, West Road in Ipswich from 9am – 6pm, gives an opportunity to learn more about how Headway supports its clients and how you could be part of its vital and valued service.  You will also be able to have a formal interview.

Among the positions available will be for Brain Injury Rehabilitation Support Assistants and Support Workers with driving duties.  Headway has its own mini buses and pool cars for staff travelling and assisting clients with transport.

Headway Suffolk supports clients with rehabilitation activities in its hubs in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe and Haverhill, which include cooking, life skills, exercise, music, art and crafts, IT, cognitive and memory recall exercises, as well as outdoor group activities such as the gym, swimming, walking hockey and football.

The charity also supports individuals in their own home and community with daily living tasks, such as shopping, laundry and appointments, and promoting their independence through taking part in leisure activities, such as walking, socialising and bowling.

To discuss the day or employment opportunities, contact Penny Tansley, HR Officer, on 01473 552868 or pennytansley@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Go to our recruitment page to find our current vacancies.

New groups kick off a new year

Two new groups and the recommencement of a popular leisure activity has kicked off brain injury charity Headway Suffolk’s year with a more varied service than ever before.

Headway has teamed up with Ipswich Hockey Club in Tuddenham Road to offer clients walking hockey and walking football to improve mobility, physical fitness and exercise.

In fact, during a taster session at the club, one client, who was using a wheelchair before physiotherapy helped them to be able to walk again, was so enthused they ran for the first time since their injury!

In addition, clients will soon be returning to Suffolk Water Park in Bramford to take part in fishing, which includes a meal.

Other regular group activities that are already in place are gym sessions at Gainsborough Sports Centre and swimming, which takes place at Crown Pools.

Headway Suffolk supports clients with rehabilitation activities in its hubs in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, which includes cooking, life skills, exercise, music, art and crafts, IT and cognitive and memory recall exercises.

It also provides ‘satellite’ hubs in existing community buildings in Felixstowe, which is free, at St John the Baptist, St John’s Church on Monday and Wednesday, and in Haverhill at Chalkstone Community Centre on Wednesday.  Headway is currently exploring feasibility options to return to Woodbridge.

The charity also supports individuals in their own home and community clients with daily living tasks and promoting their independence through taking part in leisure activities.

To find out more, contact 01473 712225 or visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Professor Winston Headlines Headway Suffolk Conference

Neurology charity Headway Suffolk is delighted to announce that Professor Robert Winston will be a headline speaker at its fourth Neuro Conference on Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Kesgrave Conference Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave.

Professor Winston is internationally-renowned as a scientist, doctor, politician and writer, and has an extensive media career in television and radio as one of Britain’s best known health experts.  His book, The Human Mind, explains how the human brain works.  He is also a prominent Labour peer in the House of Lords.

His most recent high-profile TV appearance was in September 2017 on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where he spoke about his most recent book, My Amazing Body Machine: A Colourful Visual Guide To How Your Body Works, and produced various scientific experiments.

Professor Winston will present to Conference delegates on how the human brain works from his wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Headway Suffolk has attracted huge interest in its first three Conferences, with author Jane Hawking talking about her life as a family carer in 2017, famed scientist Stephen Hawking making a rare public appearance to discuss his life with motor neurone disease in 2016, and local brain injury survivor Andrew Renton taking his first public steps in 21 years in 2015.

This year’s event promises to be another highlight in Suffolk’s calendar with Professor Winston set to be joined by other eminent keynote speakers (to be announced in due course) to address guests on a broad range of subjects related to brain injury and neurological conditions.

Helen Fairweather, the charity’s Chief Executive, said: “Headway Suffolk is gaining a reputation for having renowned speakers at its annual neuro conference, and this year is no exception”

“We are very excited about Professor Winston speaking at our conference.  Neurology is one of his passions and areas of expertise.  We are all looking forward to hearing what he has to say.”

Tickets are priced at £40 (plus booking fee) and are available from Eventbrite at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headway-suffolk-neuro-conference-2018-tickets-40194431627.

Make Headway Launches Website

Make Headway is a group of individuals learning skills and abilities in preparation for work following a brain injury, with support from charity Headway Suffolk.

By supporting this group, you are helping clients’ rehabilitation, raising awareness and understanding of brain injury, as well as generating funds for Headway that go directly back into helping us improve our services.

You can view and order items through the group’s website: www.makeheadway.org.uk. You can also find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/makeheadwaysuffolk.