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Everybody Needs Hope

A new book telling the story of Hope – Headway Suffolk’s once unwanted Brainy Dog – through her own eyes has been released to help the project survive.

Everybody Needs Hope charts the life so far of five year-old Hope, a black Labrador crossed with a Cocker Spaniel, who provides therapy to adults with a brain injury or a neurological condition during rehabilitation sessions at the charity.

Deemed unwanted and ‘good for nothing’ as a working breed by her owners, Hope was saved by the project’s co-ordinator Sophie Wellum-Mayes in 2012, who found her quiet and placid nature the ideal temperament to help clients in their recovery.

Hope has been integral to the success of Brainy Dogs, interacting with hundreds of clients and showcasing her skills over the years, as the project has gone from strength to strength. But once again, she faces an uncertain future with funding due to expire in October.

 

In a bid to keep the project alive, Sophie has turned her hand to penning the book, with huge support from Happy Self Publishing, to get the book published.

“With the funding due to expire in October, I had to think outside of the box and thought ‘what else can I do?,” said Sophie.

“The book is written from Hope’s point of view and starts from when she was an unwanted puppy, and goes between work and home life, including being trained by prisoners at HMP Hollesley Bay, and the events we have done. The last chapter is called ‘an uncertain future’.

“Our aim is to raise awareness of Brainy Dogs and encourage people to donate or buy the book.”

Everybody Needs Hope is available on kindle, priced at £3.76, and in paperback, priced at £8.99: www.amazon.co.uk/Everybody-needs-HOPE-worthless-charitable/dp/1721676309.

Dr Jane Hawking to Speak at Neuro Conference

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

Dr Hawking, an author and teacher, headlined last year’s conference with an inspirational speech about her life as a carer to famed scientist Professor Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease shortly after the couple met. The pair were married for 30 years.

She addressed the delegates about the difficulties she faced and how, despite the advances in technology, many of the same problems of not being able to access the right care exist today as they did in the 1960s and 1970s. She also made key suggestions in how to improve life for carers.

Dr Hawking spoke about their involvement in the production of the multiple award-winning 2014 film The Theory of Everything, which followed her 2007 autobiography Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, which was re-published from the 1999 original Music to Move the Stars: A Life with Stephen.

Following the conference, Dr Hawking became a patron of Headway Suffolk.

At this year’s conference, Headway Suffolk’s patron will talk about her life as a family carer, the challenges that are faced by carers, and how to improve life and conditions for carers.

 

Dr Hawking is the fourth speaker confirmed for the conference, joining world-renowned health expert Professor Robert Winston, Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO of Dementia UK, and Dr Sajid Alam, a consultant in stroke medicine at Ipswich Hospital.

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.

Courtney wins Outstanding Apprentice of the Year

Congratulations to Courtney Prior, who last night won the Outstanding Social Care Apprentice of the Year at West Suffolk College’s Celebration of Achievement!

Courtney joined us as an apprentice at the age of 16 in late 2014, and in just over three years she completed both NVQ Diploma levels 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care.

This award is richly deserved for Courtney’s hard work, dedication and passion at working to improve people’s lives after brain injury or neurological conditions.

Well done Courtney!

The story was covered by the East Anglian Daily Times.

Feeling inspired? Join our team and help people to fulfill their potential – visit our recruitment page or contact HR officer Penny Tansley on 01473 552868 or email: pennytansley@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

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.