Brain injury charity Headway Suffolk has two fundraising events coming up in the next few months that it is encouraging supporters to take part in.
On Monday 9 March at 7pm, it hosts a Charity Curry Night at the Maharani Indian and Bangladesh restaurant in Ipswich, who are triple award winners in the Eastern region and rated 4.5/5 on Trip Advisor
For £20 per person, diners will have their taste buds tingling with a special sizzling hot menu.
Tickets are selling fast so ensure you book your place to avoid missing out! Contact Headway on 01284 702535 or email [email protected].
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On Saturday 16 May, Headway Suffolk holds its 12th annual Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk – the charity’s flagship fundraising event.
The ride comprises 30, 40 and 50 mile routes through Ipswich, Felixstowe, Newbourne and Martlesham, plus a 10-mile walk through Ipswich town centre.
It’s an ideal team-building exercise for companies with the Headway Shield presented to the team that raises the most sponsorship. Registration is £10 or free if you gain a minimum of £10 sponsorship.
The charity are embarking on exciting plans to build a new hub and housing facility for Suffolk and last year 68 people braved Storm Hannah to take part in the Cycle Ride and raise £6,300 for the provision.
Among those were Tony and Leanne Baines, who propelled their 18-year-old son Mark, who is blind and deaf after suffering a brain haemorrhage as a young child, in his specially-adapted wheelchair bike around the course.
Leanne said: “It was hard work up and down the hills as Mark’s bike is very heavy, but it was a fantastic experience and everyone enjoyed it, including Mark, who was singing all the time! It was a great atmosphere.”
A large bulk of the cyclists were from Seven Group, an asset and property management company.
The group’s deputy MD Steve Cole said: “The weather wasn’t good for cycling, so we reduced the miles to 30 for safety reasons and everyone got round with no traumas or issues. Headway Suffolk is a great charity doing tremendous work and we’re very pleased to support it.”
Leading law firm Ashtons Legal also took part and Dave Richardson, their Customer Relationship Manager, said: “The weather was brutal and the strong winds made getting up hills double the amount of work than usual. But it was an enjoyable ride and we like supporting Headway Suffolk, so it makes it all worthwhile.”
Alicia Ray and Ellen Burman made it round safely with smiles on a tandem as they enjoyed the camaraderie and team spirit.
Alicia said: “It was a lot of fun and not as difficult as we had expected. We got a good rhythm and worked really well together. Other cyclists were asking how we were doing and giving us support. It was really friendly.”
Headway Suffolk is a registered charity that supports adults with brain injury, stroke and neurological conditions and their families through an extensive range of rehabilitation and therapy services.
Brain injury can affect every aspect of who we are and its physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families.
There were 3,201 admissions to hospital in Suffolk with a brain injury in 2016-17. That is 8.7 admissions per day. 1,318 were head injuries, 1,215 stroke and 421 tumours.
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