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Play the Headway Suffolk Lottery

You can now play the Headway Suffolk Lottery!

We have joined Giving Lottery and for just £1 a ticket you can win up to the jackpot £25,000 for matching six numbers!

40% of the ticket purchase goes to Headway Suffolk to support our services, with another 20% going into a fund for good causes in the UK. The remaining 40% goes to the prize fund and Giving Lottery’s costs.

The draw takes place every Saturday evening at 8pm.

The prizes are as follows:

  • Match 2 numbers – win 3 free tickets
  • Match 3 numbers – win £25
  • Match 4 numbers – win £250
  • Match 5 numbers – win £2,000
  • Match 6 numbers – win £25,000


Our Spring Newsletter is here!

Headway Suffolk’s Spring Newsletter is here in time for Easter.

Inside you’ll find all the details you need on our 2 big upcoming events – Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk on 14 May and Conference – Living Positively with a Disability on 17 May.

There’s also updates on the Ipswich Round Table’s Autumn Ball proceeds, Board Games Night on 12 April and job opportunities with ‘Outstanding’ CQC-rated Headway Suffolk.

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Sponsored Cycle Ride & Walk is back for 2023

A fun-packed day is planned for the return of Headway Suffolk’s Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk on Sunday 14 May in Ipswich and the surrounding areas.

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the popular fundraiser is back for its 13th staging with 30 and 40 mile cycle routes, which start and finish at Kesgrave Community Centre, along with a 10 mile route for walkers.

Action for Brain Injury Week

The family-friendly event takes place ahead of Headway’s national Action for Brain Injury Week (May 15-21), which annually raises awareness of the effects of brain injury to help with more understanding.

The Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk has attracted a host of businesses and individuals in previous years, helping to raise funds for Headway Suffolk to support their full range of services for people and their families in the county affected by any form of brain injury or neurological condition.

Craft & Produce Market

Before and after the ride and walk, participants will also be able to visit Headway Suffolk’s Craft and Produce Market, which will be simultaneously taking place at Kesgrave Community Centre between 10am and 4pm.

Up to 35 stalls will be selling a wide variety of crafts and produce, along with providing information on Headway Suffolk and there will also be lunch, refreshments and a grand prize draw available to keep everyone entertained!

This year, the event is being supported by regional law firm, Fosters Solicitors, who the charity wishes to place on record their enormous thanks for their support.

Michelle Tomkins, Headway Suffolk Events Fundraiser, explains: “We’re very excited at Headway Suffolk that our annual Sponsored Cycle and Walk is back. With the amazing support and sponsorship from Fosters Solicitors, we know it’s going to be a great day. 

“It’s going to be a fun community event with lots going on. Alongside the event there will be a local craft and produce market to purchase unique gifts and delicious treats.

“I would like to thank all at Fosters Solicitors, together we can make a difference.”

Steve Green, Partner and Head of Personal Injury & Group Actions at Fosters Solicitors, added: “We are delighted to be able to support Headway Suffolk with this wonderful community event, which we hope will not only be very enjoyable for all those taking part, but which will also raise much-needed funds for the work of this very valuable organisation.

“Having worked with Headway Suffolk for a number of years as part of our regular support for those affected by brain injury, we have seen at first hand the hugely important work they do and the many services they provide.”

Conference Sponsor Spotlight – Ellisons Soliicitors

There’s just over two months until Headway Suffolk’s Conference: Living Positively with a Disability takes place on 17 May at Kesgrave Conference Centre.

We are showcasing one of our event sponsors, Ellisons Solicitors.

Ellisons Solicitors is one of the oldest, most established and fastest growing firms in the East of England having been founded over 250 years ago.

As a full-service firm, Ellisons offers a comprehensive range of services to businesses and individuals across the region and beyond.

With a team of over 270 people – and offices located across Essex and Suffolk, alongside an office in London, Ellisons has a proven track record of providing clients with first class service and advice, enabling them to make the right decisions.

Ellisons’ Injury Services team represents injured claimants across the region and assists them in recovering compensation and accessing comprehensive private rehabilitative programmes to maximise their recovery and help them re-build their lives.

Kate Evers, Events Manager, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Headway Conference.”

You can find out more about Ellisons’ services at www.ellisonssolicitors.com.

Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive of Headway Suffolk, said: “We are very grateful for Ellisons’ support of our Conference this year, which we are looking forward to with the event getting closer.”

Keynote speakers will give a range of presentations focused around Living Positively with a Disability.

Baroness Murphy is Vice-President of the Alzheimer’s Society and will present on the challenges of dementia care and what government and other organisations can do. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Tom Adams is Neuro Rehab Lead at Sleep Unlimited and he will give a presentation on how to get a good night’s sleep. He is also a clinical psychologist with particular interests in neuropsychology.

Dr Charlotte Brierley is a neurologist who runs the neuromuscular clinic at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and a consultant neurologist at West Suffolk Hospital. She will give a presentation on ‘what is a headache?’

Amanda Cousins is a freelance consultant in neurological rehabilitation, community therapy and recovery support models. She will present on brain injury rehab.

Pepper The Robot is the first robot with the ability to recognise principal human emotions and adapt his own behaviour. He was used in a study with care home residents, who responded positively to interaction with Pepper.

Delegates will also hear personal stories from Headway Suffolk clients and families, as well an update on the charity’s services and future from CEO Helen Fairweather.

Tickets are £45 and available from Helen Fairweather on 01473 712225 or [email protected].

Board Games Night – 12 April

Do you love board games and want someone to play games with?

We’re holding the first Headway Suffolk Board Games Night on Wednesday 12 April, arrive any time from 5pm and we finish-at 10pm.

We have a huge number of board games, including the old favourites.

Entry is just £5. Please book in advance by contacting [email protected].

Join us at our Ipswich Hub, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich IP3 9FJ.

Come alone or with friends. It’s a great way to meet new people!

Walk 100 miles in March

Walk 100 miles in the month of March and raise money for those with a traumatic brain injury or a neurological condition in Suffolk.

You can take on the challenge in whatever way suits you. You could walk every day or just at the weekends. Just you and your dog, or with friends. Walking 100 miles in March is approximately 3.2 miles per day or 6,666 steps per day.

Set-up your chosen fundraising page (we recommend www.crowdfunder.co.uk) but the choice is yours. Please make sure you select Headway Suffolk when setting up your page.

After you have signed up, you can join our dedicated Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/747614403252312.

When you have joined the group you can get motivation, tips and ideas from us and all your fellow fundraisers. You can also show us your progress and find out anything you want to about the challenge and Headway Suffolk and Brainy Dogs.

There is no set minimum fundraising amount but we suggest you set a realistic target of around £150, but even just £5 would help.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the challenge. If you are a wheelchair user you could challenge yourself to do a set distance every day. The challenge is flexible, we advise everyone to set a challenge that’s suitable for them.

You do not have to prove your miles but we recommend if you have a pedometer, smartwatch, Fitbit or smart phone that can record your miles or steps that you use it. It will help you keep motivated and easy to check how far you have walked.

Don’t forget to dress appropriate to the weather conditions and wear suitable footwear. Don’t forget to bring fresh water and treats for you and your dog.

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How to organise a Cake Sale in aid of Headway Suffolk

The great thing about cake sales is they are relatively quick and easy to organise but bring in lots of much needed funds.

Getting started:

Where and when?

Cake sales are versatile and can be held in lots of places and there are lots of opportunities for you to hold one. Your child’s school, your work, your home, club/ group meeting, local library are all great options. You could coincide your cake sale by holding it on or near a celebration day e.g. heart shape cakes for Valentine’s Day or spooky cakes for Halloween.

Get baking

You need to decide on the cakes and goodies that you want to sell at your cake sale. You can also ask friends, family and colleagues if they can make a batch of cakes for the sale.

Tip – When deciding on cakes it’s worth working out the cost of the ingredients and what you can charge. You don’t want to spend too much on expensive ingredients. A simple biscuit or slice of Victoria cake is just as appealing and less expensive to make.

It’s handy to have a list of ingredients for each cake or treat in case any of your customers have allergies.

What you need to hold your cake sale

  • Ingredients to bake cakes and treats
  • Napkins or paper plates
  • Collection box for money
  • Some change for your first few customers
  • Price tags or stickers
  • Paper bags or something to wrap cakes to takeaway
  • Poster or leaflet


Organising a charity quiz in aid of Headway Suffolk

Organising a Charity Quiz in Aid of Headway Suffolk

Firstly, thank you for considering supporting Headway Suffolk by holding a quiz for us. Every penny you raise will go directly to helping the recovery and rehabilitation of the people of Suffolk with traumatic brain injuries or neurological conditions.

Holding a quiz night is a fantastic way to fundraise. It’s social and fun, all while helping a great cause. Wondering where to start in organising your quiz? Here’s some tips to get you started.

Here’s a few tips to make your night a success

  • Most quiz nights have 10-30 teams made up of around 4-5 team members.
  • Teams pay an entry fee, either by team or individually.
  • You can raise entry fee by offering a light meal or nibbles.
  • You could hold a raffle; a local company might be able to donate some prizes.