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Clients Enjoy Trip to IWM Duxford

Clients from brain injury charity Headway Suffolk enjoyed a trip to IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire on May 23 as a group outing.

Seven clients, who have either an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition, got up close and personal in the museum with some of the world’s most famous and fastest planes, including Spirfires, Concorde and the modern day Typhoon.

One of the organisers, Cedric Fairweather, said: “Once you say Duxford, you get an influx of people interested. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we hope to organise more group outings like this in the future.”

Dementia Group Boosted by £2,500

Headway Suffolk’s two dementia hubs in Ipswich have been boosted by almost £2,500 thanks to the sponsorship from one of its two London Marathon runners.

Jo Fellowes, 40, completed her first London Marathon on April 22 in a time of 5 hours, 39 minutes and 33 seconds, and she chose to support Headway’s two monthly groups for people living with dementia because it’s close to her heart as two of her grandparents suffered with the illness.

Headway runs a social support group with a fish and chips lunch for people living with dementia on the second Friday of the month at St Augustine’s Church in Bucklesham Road, Ipswich. They must be accompanied by a carer.

A second group will start on June 28 on the fourth Thursday of the month at St Michael’s Church Centre, The Drift, in Martlesham.

Both groups will benefit from a total of £2,488.33 raised by Jo, which far exceeded her expectations after setting a target of £1,000.

The groups’ organiser, Maureen Howes, will be using the money to purchase a variety of equipment and resources for engaging activities, such as indoor curling and boccia equipment.

Jo, who has been running for four years, said: “I am so proud and privileged to have been able to raise a fantastic amount of money for the dementia groups run by Headway.

“Training for, and running the London Marathon, has been an amazing experience in itself, but being able to support such a brilliant cause has made all the early morning and cold/wet training runs worth it. I’m thrilled that it is branching out to set up another group in Martlesham to help support even more people.

“I would encourage anyone who cares for someone suffering with dementia to get in touch with Maureen and attend the group for help, support and friendship.”

Jo, from Ipswich and who works in education at Suffolk County Council, had targeted a finishing time of between four and half to five hours, but she had to adjust her plans early on due to the intense heat of the hottest London Marathon on record.

She explained: “The heat on the day made getting to the finish line even tougher than I had imagined, and I’m proud to have made it, albeit not in the time I had hoped for.

“The support of the crowds was phenomenal, and to see so many people undertaking this challenge whilst raising so much for charity was a fantastic thing to be part of.

“I’d like to thank all of the people who supported me with sponsorship, and my friends and family for helping and encouraging me all the way through the training and the day itself.”

The groups, which run between 11.45am – 3.15pm, cost £6, which includes a fish and chips lunch and refreshments. The person with dementia must be supported by a carer.

To make a referral, contact Maureen Howes on 01473 712225 or email: maureenhowes@headwaysuffolk.org.uk. To find out more, go to: www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Dr Alam joins Headway Suffolk Neuro Conference

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

Dr Alam is a consultant in stroke medicine at Ipswich Hospital and has a particular interest in the management of TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks or ‘mini-strokes’), hyper-acute strokes and the complex investigations often required after a stroke.

He graduated from The Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2004, a faculty of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Dr Alam has triple accreditation for general internal medicine, geriatrics and stroke medicine.

His main speciality is medicine for the older person, and his sub-speciality expertise is in stroke medicine, particularly in cryptogenic and young stroke.

He will speak about strokes, TIAs and atrial fibrillation.

Dr Alam is the third speaker confirmed for the conference, joining world-renowned health expert Professor Robert Winston and Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO of Dementia UK.

Headway Suffolk has attracted huge interest in its first three conferences, with author Dr Jane Hawking talking about her life as a family carer in 2017, famed scientist Prof 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 further eminent keynote speakers due to be announced in due course to address guests on a broad range of subjects related to brain injury and neurological conditions in the healthcare sector.

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.

Brain Injury Survivor Stories Focus of ABI Week

Four brain injury survivor stories are the focus of Action Brain Injury Week (14-20 May), with each one inspiring and unique in their recovery.

Emily Millican, 26 from Diss, sustained a brain injury in a road accident in January 2010 – click to read her story

Dean Osborne, 31 from Haverhill, sustained a brain injury in a road accident in May 2013 – click to read his story

Tom Canning, 31 from Ipswich, suffered a stroke in May 2014 – click to read his story

Michael Anderson, 53 from Botesdale, sustained a brain injury in a road accident in 1975 – click to read his story

Emily also appeared on BBC Look East on May 14 to talk about her life after brain injury. Watch the video below:

60 People Celebrate Cycle Ride & Walk Anniversary

Sixty enthusiastic fundraisers celebrated the 10th anniversary of Headway Suffolk’s Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk on Saturday (12 May) around Ipswich.

Businesses and individuals alike took part in the cycling route, which consisted of 28 or 40 miles through Ipswich, Newbourne and Felixstowe, while others chose the new 10 mile walking route through the centre of Ipswich.

Among those taking part were teams from Seven Asset, Pound Gates, Orwell Trucks, Feathers Hair Salon Group, and a team of six from Headway.

Approaching £4,000 has been raised this year so far, with £50,000 raised in the 10 years of the brain injury charity’s flagship fundraising event.

Helen Fairweather, CEO of Headway Suffolk, who also took part in the event, said: “Our thanks go to Seven Asset, Pound Gates, Orwell Trucks, Feathers Hair Salon Group, and everyone else who supported the event, it went really well.”

Felixstowe Satellite Hub on the Move

Felixstowe Community Hospital will be the new venue for Headway Suffolk’s satellite hub service in the seaside town on a Monday from June 4.

Headway Suffolk, which supports adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions, will move the rehabilitation and support service to the hospital on Constable Road on June 4 from its current location at the St John the Baptist Church in Orwell Road.

The service helps users with their skills and cognitive abilities that may have been impaired as a result of their injury or condition through rehabilitation activities.

The link with the hospital will enable inpatients to access Headway’s support during their recovery and speed up discharge times, as well as reducing readmission.

Headway also provides a satellite hub service in existing community buildings in Haverhill on a Wednesday and in Woodbridge, from May 23, on a Wednesday.

Sue and Jo Complete Hottest London Marathon

Our congratulations go to our two amazing runners Sue Vincent and Jo Fellowes, who completed the hottest London Marathon on record on April 22.

Both admitted the heat, which reached 24.1C, put paid to their race plans, but they did incredibly well to finish with Sue in a time of 5 hours, 14 minutes and 52 seconds, and Jo in a time of 5 hours, 39 minutes and 33 seconds.

Well done ladies!

You can still sponsor Sue here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/suzanne-vincent-SAVMLMBONDS3332018-846987 and Jo here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoannaFellowes1.

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