Headway Suffolk

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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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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.

Support Our New Build With Christmas E-Cards

Headway Suffolk is inviting businesses to support its building of a new brain injury rehabilitation hub and housing centre in Ipswich by using its Christmas E-Cards in return for a donation.

The brain injury charity is building the £5 million Professor Stephen Hawking Centre, which includes 24 homes in two bungalows and a new rehabilitation hub for local adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions, on the Ravenswood area of Ipswich, to be ready by 2020.

To help meet the cost of the build, Headway Suffolk has a fundraising brick appeal where anyone, from large businesses, schools and to families, can buy a brick from just 50p each.

This Christmas, businesses can send their colleagues Headway Suffolk e-cards, personalised with the company’s name and logo and featuring two designs, in return for a donation towards the brick appeal.

To do so, contact David Crane, the charity’s Communications and Marketing Officer, on 01284 702535 or by email: davidcrane@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Anyone wishing to get more involved in the new build should contact Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive, on 01473 712225 or email: helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Headway Suffolk is also planning ahead for a new rehabilitation hub in Bury St Edmunds by being involved in discussions with St Edmundsbury Borough Council about early plans for the multi-million pound Western Way Development, a new public services building which is set to open in 2023.

For more information on the housing plans, visit: www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/housing.

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 at its hubs, in the community and in people’s homes.

According to the latest statistics released by Headway – the brain injury association, there were 3,201 hospital admissions (8.7 per day) of acquired brain injuries in Suffolk in 2016-17, of which 1,780 were male and 1,421 were female.

Of the total admissions, 1,318 (41.1 per cent) were for head injuries and 1,215 (37.9 per cent) were for strokes. The remainder are 421 (13.1 per cent) for tumours, 127 (3.96 per cent) for others and 77 (2.4 per cent) for meningitis.

Brain Injury Survivors Recognised at Headway Awards

Award winners Amy Cowley, Mary Goodhand and Ruby Alston.

Significant achievements made by three brain injury survivors in Suffolk were celebrated at an Awards Dinner by charity Headway Suffolk on 22 November.

Every day, Headway Suffolk sees remarkable strides made by its 250 service users against adversity after having their lives affected by a brain injury or a neurological condition.

The charity’s rehabilitation team selected three survivors who have made substantial progress in their recovery to receive an award, which was presented at the dinner at Shelley’s Restaurant in Suffolk New College in Ipswich.

Mary Goodhand, aged 47 from Ipswich, was recognised for coming on leaps and bounds and making massive improvements in presentation, engagement and her persona, as well as being dedicated, enthusiastic and hard working.

Mary suffered an aneurysm and a stroke six years ago, and started receiving support from Headway in November last year. She was presented with the award by Belinda Twinn-Lee – the charity’s Homecare Manager.

Mary said: “To be chosen was beautiful – I was crying happy tears the following morning. I had a wonderful time with people I know from Headway. They have brought me out of my mental state. It’s magical.”

 

Amy Cowley, aged 37 from Felsham near Bury St Edmunds, was recognised for gaining confidence in herself and her abilities, and for expanding her skillset in areas such as textiles, numeracy and literacy.

Amy sustained a brain injury in a road traffic accident when she was just 18 months old, and she started receiving support from Headway in August last year. She was presented with the award by Zellah Andrew – the charity’s Hub Manager for Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill.

Amy said: “I was shocked to be chosen. I’m proud of myself for what I have achieved. It was fantastic to receive the award. Headway has been a really good help to me.”

 

Ruby Alston, aged 45 from Felixstowe, was recognised for making good progression with the catering group and working towards a food and hygiene certificate, as well as her perseverance, and for being kind, caring and always ready to support others.

Ruby sustained a brain injury in a road traffic accident when she was 19, and she started receiving support from Headway in September 2015. She was presented with the award by Trina Robus – the charity’s Team Leader for the Ipswich hub.

Ruby said: “I got the award for my hard work but I could not have done it without the support and help from Headway. I didn’t think I could achieve what I have, so I’m very proud of myself.”

David Crane, the charity’s Communications and Marketing Officer, said: “Every person’s journey and progress is different. Each positive step someone makes in their recovery helps them to progress and live a more fulfilling and independent life, as well as improving their confidence, everyday skills and social interaction.

“It was a pleasure to formally recognise and celebrate the improvements Mary, Amy and Ruby have all made throughout the year in front of family, friends and supporters.”

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 at its hubs, in the community and in people’s homes.

According to the latest statistics released by Headway – the brain injury association, there were 3,201 hospital admissions (8.7 per day) of acquired brain injuries in Suffolk in 2016-17, of which 1,780 were male and 1,421 were female.

Of the total admissions, 1,318 (41.1 per cent) were for head injuries and 1,215 (37.9 per cent) were for strokes. The remainder are 421 (13.1 per cent) for tumours, 127 (3.96 per cent) for others and 77 (2.4 per cent) for meningitis.

Housing Plans Boosted By Large Donations

Plans for a new brain injury rehabilitation hub and housing centre in Ipswich have been boosted thanks to some large donations towards the cost of the build.

Brain injury charity Headway Suffolk is embarking on exciting plans to build the centre, which will include 24 homes in two bungalows for local people with acquired brain injuries and neurological conditions, on the Ravenswood area of Ipswich by 2020.

The centre, which will be named the Professor Stephen Hawking Centre, after the famous scientist, has won the backing of Ipswich MP Sandy Martin and Suffolk county councillor for the Ravenswood area Bill Quinton.

Headway Suffolk has received anonymous donations of £10,000 and £5,000, as well as two donations of £1,000 from carers, towards the £5 million total cost.

Anyone can get involved in sponsoring the new centre, including families, schools and businesses, by purchasing bricks from just 50p each. Companies can have a room named after them for a donation of £66,000.

For those wishing to make an anonymous donation of £5,000 or more, can do so through Suffolk Community Foundation at: www.suffolkcf.org.uk.

Headway Suffolk chief executive Helen Fairweather said: “We are very grateful for all the donations that we have received so far, no matter how large or small. It really is appreciated.

“We are now moving towards planning permission and are excited at the progress being made with the project.”

If you wish to discuss further how you can get involved, contact Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive, on 01473 712225 or email: helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Headway Suffolk is also planning ahead for a new rehabilitation hub in Bury St Edmunds by being involved in discussions with St Edmundsbury Borough Council about early plans for the multi-million pound Western Way Development, a new public services building which is set to open in 2023.

For more information on the housing plans, visit our housing page.

Staff Training and Recruitment Open Day

Headway Suffolk will carry out its annual training day for its staff on Saturday 10 November at its Ipswich hub at Epsilon House, West Road on Ransomes Europark.

Staff at the charity, which supports individuals with an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition and their families, will take part in a full day of training, including CPR, data protection, safeguarding, infection control and other care matters, as part of their continued personal development.

There will also be updates on service developments, including the new planned rehabilitation hub and housing building in Ipswich, and plans for a new hub in Bury St Edmunds as part of the Western Way Development.

Anyone interested in learning more about joining Headway Suffolk’s staff team are invited to come along on the day between 10am – 3pm as there will also be a recruitment open day running.

The charity is passionate about the people it supports and is encouraging those who want to find out more about the vital role the team plays, to come along for an informal chat and see if their current experience and career aspirations could make them a perfect match with Headway.

To find out more, call 01473 712225, email: info@headwaysuffolk.org.uk, or visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

Awards Dinner – Celebrating Clients’ Achievements

Headway Suffolk will mark the achievements of local brain injury survivors and those living with neurological conditions at its annual Awards Dinner on Thursday 22 November.

Every day, the brain injury charity sees remarkable strides by its 250 service users against adversity after having their lives affected by a brain injury or a neurological condition.

For some, progress could be learning to use their other hand after a stroke has left them with a weakness on one side. For others, it may be making improvements with walking after having their mobility impaired as a result of their injury or illness.

Headway’s rehabilitation team will carefully nominate service users for an achievement award who have made excellent progress in their recovery in the past year.

The Awards Dinner, now in its fourth year, takes place at the 100-seater Shelley’s Restaurant, Suffolk New College, Rope Walk in Ipswich from 6.30pm.

Guests will enjoy a delightful 3-course dinner, which can include a Christmas meal, and it is an ideal opportunity for companies to treat their staff team to an early festive function and support a worthwhile cause.

David Crane, the charity’s Communications and Marketing Officer, said: “We see many incredible achievements by our clients every day across Suffolk, and the Awards Dinner is a great way of formally celebrating these milestones.”

Tickets cost £50 each and are available by telephoning 01473 712225 or emailing: helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.

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 at its hubs, in the community and in people’s homes.

According to the latest statistics released by Headway – the brain injury association, there were 3,201 hospital admissions (8.7 per day) of acquired brain injuries in Suffolk in 2016-17, of which 1,780 were male and 1,421 were female.