Headway Suffolk

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Headway hails quiz night a success

Forty-four enthusiastic quizzers helped to raise £658.05 for brain injury charity Headway Suffolk at its quiz night at its hub in Bury St Edmunds on April 11.

The evening was one of a number of fundraising events this year to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Headway Suffolk, which formed on 1 April 2014 after more than 30 years of supporting local adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions in the county separately as Ipswich and East Suffolk Headway and West Suffolk Headway.

Eleven teams enjoyed 10 rounds on a variety of subjects, including science, music and gardening, with the winners Headway Hunters scoring 73 from 100 to bag themselves a hamper full of goodies.

 

David Crane, the charity’s communications and marketing officer, said: “It was a very successful event and it was really pleasing to see everyone’s hard work pay off with such a great turnout and friendly atmosphere.

“We were particularly happy to have an array of people taking part, from service users and their families, volunteers and staff, supporters, adult social care teams, solicitors Ashtons and Bury Town Council. We literally couldn’t squeeze another body into the room!

“Our enormous thanks goes to all those who took part, those who helped with preparations and the many local businesses and attractions who generously donated wonderful prizes. We certainly envisage doing it again and using the winning formula to host one in Ipswich.”

Those who donated prizes were: Bill’s restaurant, Kaspa’s, Nando’s, All Over Beauty, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Forestry England, Wilko, Glasswells, Ipswich Town FC, Theatre Royal, Mildenhall Speedway, Zoological Society of East Anglia, Suffolk Show and Aspall.

 

Headway supports local adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions, as well as their families, in their recovery through its extensive range of rehabilitation, therapy and support services.

The Suffolk charity Suffolk has gone from strength to strength by helping 250 people every week rebuild lost skills, improve confidence and increase social integration at its hubs throughout the county, as well as providing support to individuals in their own home and local community.

For further information about Headway Suffolk’s events, visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events.

Ellen & Alicia Go Tandem For Cycle Ride

Two young brain injury rehabilitation assistants from Headway Suffolk will pair up and ride a tandem in the charity’s Cycle Ride and Walk in Ipswich on Saturday (27 April).

Ellen Burman and Alicia Ray will cycle the 30-mile route from Headway’s base at Epsilon House on the Ransomes Europark in West Road, Ipswich, through Nacton, Levington, Trimley, Felixstowe, Newbourne and Bucklesham, and finishing back at Headway.

Ellen, 22, from Woodbridge, joined Headway Suffolk in September last year and provides support to clients in the Ipswich hub and in the community, including 18-year-old Mark Baines, who suffered a brain haemorrhage as a young child that has left him blind and deaf.

Mark will also be taking part in the event in his specially-adapted wheelchair bike that is attached to other bikes and will be propelled in turn by his parents and two support workers.

“I’m very excited to be doing the Cycle Ride,” said Ellen. “Helen (Fairweather) asked if I wanted to do it and I said I would if it was on a tandem and the next thing I know she’s got one!

“It’s going to be great fun and team building and I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone. I’ll be at the front to start with but then Alicia and I will probably rotate. We’ve been practising most mornings.

“In my job I enjoy helping clients progress and getting out and about doing activities and being productive. It helps to boost their confidence so they are not afraid to go out.

“I’d like to continue progressing with Headway and specialise in a certain area.”

Alicia, 19, from Ipswich has been with Headway Suffolk since the end of August last year and, alongside working for the charity, is halfway through studying to be a paramedic at the University of Suffolk.

“It’s going to be really good and fun but also challenging!” she said. “It was difficult at first learning to cycle a tandem but with the practising we’ve been doing we’ve got used it.

“Everyone was talking about the Cycle Ride and we joked at first about doing the tandem but then thought ‘why not?’

“I’m really enjoying working at Headway in the hub and meeting new clients and doing one-to-one work on projects and other activities, such as cognitive games and exercises, in a group.”

Helen Fairweather, Headway Suffolk’s chief executive, said: “It’s great to see two young people want to take part and have fun and raise money for the charity. It shows real enthusiasm and dedication and it’s an excellent team building opportunity.”

The event, which has raised £50,000 for the charity in the last ten years, starts at 9am and there are 30, 40 and 50-mile cycling routes, along with a 10-mile walk.

It’s just £10 to participate unless you have sponsorship. There are spaces for participants to take part at late notice by phoning 01473 712225 by Friday lunchtime.

Headway Suffolk helps users rebuild lost skills, improve confidence and increase social integration through its rehabilitation, therapy and support services. It is fundraising to build the Professor Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre, a new rehabilitation hub and housing centre in Ipswich.

For further information about Headway Suffolk’s events, visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events.

Quiz Night to mark 5 years of Headway Suffolk

A charity quiz night is being held in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 11 April at 7pm to celebrate Headway Suffolk’s fifth anniversary and fundraise for its cause.

Headway supports local adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions, as well as their families, in their recovery through its extensive range of rehabilitation, therapy and support services.

The Suffolk charity was formed on 1 April 2014 following the merger of East and West Suffolk, and since then it’s gone from strength to strength by helping 250 people every week rebuild lost skills, improve confidence and increase social integration at its hubs throughout the county, as well as providing support to individuals in their own home and local community.

It’s marking its fifth anniversary with the quiz night at its premises at St Georges House in Olding Road, which is next to the West Suffolk Council car park. The event costs £10 per person, which includes a cold buffet and refreshments, with teams of up to four people. There will be great prizes and a raffle.

To book your place, contact the charity’s communications and marketing officer David Crane on 01284 702535 or email davidcrane@headwaysuffolk.org.uk but places are now very limited and need to be confirmed by 9am on April 8.

David Crane said: “The quiz night promises to be a fun and enjoyable evening as we have service users, families, volunteers, staff, friends and supporters all taking part, as well as colleagues from Ashtons Legal, Suffolk County Council and Bury Town Council.

“2019 is a big year for Headway Suffolk as we celebrate our fifth anniversary year, as well as continuing our big plans to build the Professor Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre in Ipswich and continuing talks with St Edmundsbury Council to be part of the new Western Way development for a new hub in Bury St Edmunds.

“Local businesses and supporters can get involved by taking part in the quiz night or donating items for winning and raffle prizes.”

For further information about Headway Suffolk’s events, visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events.

To join the Facebook event page, go to: www.facebook.com/events/311304049526131.

Mark overcomes barriers to take part in Cycle Ride

A teenage brain injury survivor will take part in Headway Suffolk’s Cycle Ride and Walk in Ipswich on Saturday 27 April using his specially-adapted wheelchair bike.

Eighteen-year-old Mark Baines suffered a brain haemorrhage as a young child after being born eight weeks premature, which has left him severely sight impaired, profoundly deaf and needing the use of a wheelchair.

But that won’t stop Mark, who lives in Ipswich, taking part in the charity’s flagship fundraiser. He will be assisted by his parents Tony and Leanne, as well as Headway support workers James and Lydia, who will take it in turns to cycle Mark the course through Ipswich and surrounding areas.

Helen Fairweather, Headway Suffolk’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted that Mark is taking part and showing that, with the right support in place, having a brain injury or a neurological condition isn’t a barrier to achieving your aspirations.

“Mark and his family have found the support of Headway Suffolk invaluable with his rehabilitation and keeping his mind and body active. He really enjoys arts and crafts at our Ipswich hub and going swimming with our community team.

“We hope his courage inspires others to take part in our Cycle Ride and Walk, which is our main fundraising event of the year. It’s a perfect way for individuals and companies to get active, have fun and join in the camaraderie of raising money for a local charity that supports local people.”

The event, which has raised £50,000 for the charity in the last ten years, starts (and finishes) at 9am at its premises at Epsilon House in West Road on the Ransomes Europark in Ipswich.

Leanne Baines, Mark’s mother, said: “We are really pleased that Headway’s young support workers have come forward so enthusiastically as a group to help Mark take part. As a parent, the whole attitude of ‘how can we get Mark involved and make this happen?’ instead of saying it’s too hard, is fantastic.

“It’s been incredible support from Headway with nothing too much bother and offering things such as a back-up van.

“Headway is a relatively new place for Mark and everything he is getting in support is everything we could hope for.

“Mark has a packed and varied week of stimulating activities, such as trampolining, going to the theatre, cycling, going to Alton Water and taking part in music sessions. The staff also find places outside where they can walk with Mark safely.”

Headway Suffolk helps users rebuild lost skills, improve confidence and increase social integration through rehabilitation, therapy and support services. It has recently submitted planning permission to build the Professor Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre, a new rehabilitation hub and housing centre in Ipswich.

Supporters can get involved in helping the exciting new build by taking part in the Cycle Ride and Walk, which comprises 30, 40 and 50-mile cycle routes through Ipswich, Felixstowe and Martlesham, with a new and improved 10-mile route for walkers.

It’s just £10 to participate unless you have sponsorship. It is open to everyone and is an ideal team-building exercise for companies to compete to win the Headway Shield by raising the most sponsorship.

To find out more, visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events, telephone 01473 712225 or email helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Lockdales host valuation days in aid of Headway Suffolk

Headway Suffolk, a local charity which supports people with brain injuries and neurological conditions, will be the beneficiary of two free valuation days being held by Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales in April.

Lockdales are East Anglia’s leading auctioneers of collectables and antiques, and this year they are generously supporting the work of Headway Suffolk, who support adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions and their families with rehabilitation, therapy and support services.

Lockdales are hosting two free valuation days on Friday 12 April from 10am – 3pm and 5pm – 8pm, and on Saturday 13 April from 10am – 2pm.

They will take place at Lockdales’ auction house at 52 Barrack Square in Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, and there is lots of free parking available.

The auction house’s team of antiques experts will offer valuations and appraisals at the two-day event on a wide range of objects, including jewellery, watches, military medals, coins, old toys and sports memorabilia. Immediate cash offers will be available and their experts may also offer the opportunity to consign your item/s to one of their upcoming auctions.

Helen Fairweather, Headway Suffolk’s chief executive, said: “We are very pleased that Lockdales have come on board to support Headway Suffolk in 2019 and we look forward to working with them on some exciting fundraising events throughout the year.

“They are the leading auctioneers in the area and our collaboration will mutually benefit both parties and help us to raise funds and awareness for Headway’s services within Suffolk for local adults with brain injuries and neurological conditions and their families.

“It is particularly exciting to welcome a new corporate partner to support our work and the build of our exciting new Professor Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre in Ipswich.”

The funds raised through the valuation event and sale proceeds will go towards supporting the build of the new £5 million rehabilitation hub and housing centre on the Ravenswood Estate in Ipswich, which is set to open in 2020.

Lockdales’ managing director, Daniel Daley, said: “This is a great way for people to find out the value of antique and old items that they may have hidden away in attics and cupboards, with the potential to make some money and also raise funds for a fantastic local charity.

“Headway Suffolk offers vital support to people who are facing real challenges in their lives due to brain injury or a neurological condition, so we’re thrilled to be able to help raise funds for their essential work in the community.”

Find out more by visiting www.lockdales.com and www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk, or by calling Lockdales on 01473 627110.

Spring Newsletter 2019

We have today released our Spring Newsletter, where you will find out the latest about:

Our new hub and housing plans and how you can get involved; a focus on various forthcoming fundraising events; the first keynote speaker for our Neuro Conference; photos from services; a look at our monthly dementia groups; and other news and fundraising updates.

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Support our events in April (below) – go to our events page to find out more.

Chris Tarrant to discuss his stroke at Neuro Conference

Neurology charity Headway Suffolk is delighted to announce that television and radio broadcaster Chris Tarrant OBE will be a headline speaker at its fifth annual Neuro Conference on Wednesday 16 October at Wherstead Park in Ipswich.

Chris’ extensive broadcasting career includes hosting the world’s most successful quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? on ITV from its inception in 1998, for a total of 30 series and 592 episodes until 2014. He also presented the popular early-morning Capital Breakfast show on Capital Radio from 1984 – 2004.

More recently, he has presented five series of Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways since 2012 on Channel 5, where he travels around the world to ride some of the most extreme railways.

It was whilst travelling back from filming on a flight from Bangkok to London in March 2012 when Chris suffered a stroke, with his body going numb as he lost the use of his arms and legs and feared he was going to die during the traumatic 12-hour flight. He tried in vain to call his girlfriend three times.

Upon landing at Heathrow, Chris collapsed and was rushed to Charing Cross Hospital, where a blood clot was removed from his left leg, which had caused a temporary loss of blood to his brain.

Doctors told Chris he had been very lucky, and after spending two weeks in hospital, he had to work on regaining his speech and movement. He has subsequently improved his diet, started exercising and reduced his workload.

The 72-year-old was awarded an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2004 for services to broadcasting and charity.

Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive of Headway Suffolk, said: “We are really delighted and excited that Chris Tarrant is coming along to tell his fascinating story of suffering a stroke and how he manages to live a full life with its effects.

“Headway Suffolk has an excellent track record of attracting renowned speakers at its Neuro Conference and we are very much looking forward to Chris sharing his experiences with our audience.”

For your brain to function, it needs a constant blood supply, which provides vital nutrients and oxygen to the brain cells. A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off and brain cells are damaged or die.

According to the latest statistics by Headway – the brain injury association, there were 31,508 admissions to hospital in the East of England with acquired brain injury in 2016-17. Stroke was the second most prevalent cause with 12,080 (of which 6,341 were males) after head injury (12,940).

In Suffolk, there were 3,201 total admissions (8.7 per day), of which 1,215 were from a stroke (657 male).

 

Headway Suffolk has attracted huge interest in its previous four conferences, with health expert Robert Winston presenting on the human mind last year; 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 Chris Tarrant set to be joined by other eminent keynote speakers (to be announced in due course) to address guests on a variety of subjects related to brain injury and neurological conditions.

Early tickets, priced at £40 each (plus booking fee), can be purchased via www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events or directly through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headway-suffolk-neuro-conference-2019-tickets-55527680788.

Spring Events to Mark 5 Year Anniversary

Brain injury charity Headway Suffolk is marking its fifth anniversary year by hosting three fundraising events in spring to help improve its services for local people.

Headway Suffolk was formed on 1 April 2014 following the merger of East and West Suffolk, and since then its rehabilitation, therapy and support services for local adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions have gone from strength to strength.

The charity helps service users rebuild lost skills, improve confidence and increase social integration at its hubs throughout Suffolk, as well as providing support to individuals in their own home and local community.

Headway Suffolk is embarking on ambitious plans to build the Professor Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre – a new rehabilitation hub and housing centre in Ipswich for those with brain injuries and neurological conditions.

Supporters can get involved in helping the exciting new build by taking part in its fundraising events in spring, where all details can be found at www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events.

The Cycle Ride and Walk, which has raised £50,000 for the charity, takes place for the 11th year on Saturday 27 April at 9am at Epsilon House in West Road, Ipswich.

The flagship fundraiser comprises 30, 40 and 50-mile cycle routes through Ipswich, Leavenheath, Felixstowe and Martlesham, with a new and improved 10-mile route for walkers. It’s just £10 to participate unless you have sponsorship.

It is open to everyone and is an ideal team-building exercise for companies to compete to win the Headway Shield by raising the most sponsorship. To enquire further, email helenmfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Before then, Headway Suffolk is inviting corporates to a charity dinner on Tuesday 12 March at 7.30pm at Bruisyard Hall and Barn, near Saxmundham, which is a magnificent country house with a beautifully refurbished medieval barn set in 700 acres of quintessential Suffolk countryside.

Tickets are £45 per person, with tables of eight to ten people. To book, contact Teresa Rous by email at teresa@denningtonhall.co.uk.

On Thursday 11 April at 7pm, Headway Suffolk is holding a quiz night at its Bury St Edmunds hub at St Georges House in Olding Road. It will be a perfect opportunity for a friendly social gathering of clients, volunteers, staff, families, friends and supporters.

It costs £10 per person, which includes a cold buffet and refreshments, with teams of up to four people. To book your place, contact David on 01284 702535 or email davidcrane@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

David Crane, the charity’s communications and marketing officer, said: “2019 is a big year for Headway Suffolk as we celebrate our fifth anniversary year, as well as continuing our big plans to build the Professor Stephen Hawking Neuro Centre in Ipswich, which is due to open next year.

“Local businesses and supporters can help us achieve this by taking part in our events this spring and throughout the year, or by undertaking their own personal sponsored challenge, whether it’s running, swimming or giving up smoking, which we can support them with.”

For full information on its events, go to www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events.

Recruitment Open Day – 29 January

We are holding a Recruitment Open Day on Tuesday 29 January from 9am – 4pm at our Ipswich hub at Epsilon House, West Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich IP3 9FJ.

It is a chance for interested candidates to come along and see who we are and how we operate.

You will have access to information about the charity and the work that we do. We will be on hand to chat to you about the opportunities available and what we can offer.

For more information and an informal chat, telephone Penny Tansley on 01473 712225, 01473 552868 (direct dial) or email: pennytansley@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

You can find out more about our jobs on our recruitment page and our jobs page on Facebook.

Two free Understanding Brain Injury courses in New Year

Two free courses aimed at helping people and their loved ones understand the effects of brain injury or a neurological condition will take place in the New Year, run by charity Headway Suffolk.

The Understanding Brain Injury courses, run by Headway Suffolk’s multidisciplinary team, look at how the brain works, the impact of trauma on areas of the brain, practical strategies and tips to manage difficulties with memory, attention, function, communication, fatigue, anxiety and mood.

They are free to anyone with anyone with an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition but with a suggested donation of £5 to offset costs.

The courses run over a period of six weeks and cover topics: Introduction and Brain Injury Overview; Physical and Functional Impact of Brain Injury; Living with Fatigue; Emotional and Psychological Impact of Brain Injury; Cognition, Attention and Memory; and Effective Communication.

They also provide a valuable opportunity to meet others who are going through similar experiences for peer support.

Following completion of the programme, there is a day that is designed specifically for family and friends only, covering the topics outlined above.

 

The first course takes place in Ipswich on Monday mornings from 14 January – 18 February, between 10.30am – 12.30pm, at Headway Suffolk, Epsilon House, West Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ.

The family and friends day takes place on Monday 25 February from 10am – 2pm, with a light lunch included.

The second course takes place in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday mornings from 5 February – 12 March, between 10.30am – 12.30pm, at Headway Suffolk, St Georges House, Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 6TF.

The family and friends day takes place on Tuesday 19 March from 10am – 2pm, with a light lunch included.

Places are limited and on a first come, first served basis. To book, telephone 01473 712225 or email: juliewilman@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

To read the full syllabus, visit the website: www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/courses.

Go to the Facebook Event pages – Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

In Suffolk, there were 3,201 admissions (1,780 male, 1,421 female) to hospital with acquired brain injury in 2016-17. That is 8.7 admissions per day.

Of the total admissions, 1,318 were head injuries (789 male, 529 female), 1,215 stroke (657 male, 558 female) and 421 tumours (228 female, 193 male).

Headway Suffolk supports 250 adults a week who have an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition through an extensive range of rehabilitation, therapy and support services.