Tony’s Close Shave

Headway Preston and Chorley’s brain injury survivor Tony Gansler has a very close shave in aid of Headway Preston and Chorley.

On his 60th Birthday he wanted to mark the event with a fundraiser for Headway Preston and Chorley.

Ths close shave took place at Jesseys Barbers Lane Ends in Preston and you can still donate here:


Steven’s ‘John West Great North Swim 2021’

Stephen will be completing the Great North Swim 2021 in Windermere on June 11th in aid of Headway Preston & Chorley.

“This charity is very close to my families heart after my cousin was involved in a major accident which resulted in him being in a coma for several weeks, thankfully pulling through. Since then my Auntie Liz works tirelessly with her team at the Preston & Chorley charity to raise as much money as they can whilst supporting individual and families affected by acquired brain injury and major traumas”

Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be done so via Stephen’s Just Giving Page.

Headway Preston Spring News 2021

Headway Preston Spring News

We are pleased to announce our roadmap for opening up services and we look forward to welcoming existing clients and new members alike, however pre-booking for all our services is required.

Opening up will start with our office premises on 17th May where we will be able to see clients face-to-face for pre-booked appointments. This service will cover any support that cannot be dealt with over the telephone or via our virtual service.
We are also delighted to announce our first outdoor supervised walk on 25th May, followed by the start of our Headway Preston community session on 3rd August 2021.

We will be posting a copy of the newsletter below to all our clients.


Tippings Christmas Lights raises £26,188.67

Tippings Christmas lights have been raising money for charity for the past 9 years and in that time Mark and Nicola Tipping have raised £107,596.67.

3 years ago they included Headway Preston and Chorley as one of their chosen charities alongside Rosamere Cancer Foundation, Derian House and Jordan Grant 18 Memorial Fund (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

Liz Bamber, manager of Headway in Preston said, Mark and Nicola are my neighbours, and when they learned about our charity, they didn’t hesitate to support us. We are enormously grateful to them and all who help to construct and dismantle the lights each year. The amount raised this year is staggering and will be split between the four local charities. Thank you to everyone who has donated.

December News

Hello! from Headway Preston and Chorley. How are you?                                                          

Well, this year has been a different year for all of us. We have not been able to meet since February and we have all missed the community sessions.   

We have found new ways of working and helping new and existing clients to ensure they are  supported. Some people have sadly suffered ill health, some bereavement and mentioned the loneliness caused by lockdown is affecting their mental health.                                        

Please remember this cannot go on forever and as soon as we can, we will resume meetings. In the meantime we are at the end of a phone or video call and can help remotely in a number of ways see attached news bulletin.

If you would like to receive information about our services by post please contact us:


Headway Preston Online Support project awarded £14,029.00 from the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust

Local charity Headway Preston and Chorley has been awarded funding from the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust to support people online through the pandemic.

The 12-month long project will enable the charity to adapt its services in response to current and possible future government restrictions and reach out to those isolating.

The new funding will expand the charity’s keep in touch project to provide online support via Facetime, Zoom or What’s App. People who are not used to using IT and online applications will receive tuition from the charity.

The weekly face to face communication with Headway specialist staff and the virtual assistance will help with practical issues ranging from completing online benefit application forms to accessing online GP services and hospital appointments, to setting up a new household appliances to contacting loved ones.

Liz Bamber Charity manager said, “We are very pleased our application to the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust was successful as it means so much to us to be able to see our clients and help out where needed. We have a wonderfully skilled team at Headway Preston and Chorley and this funding will also safeguard jobs through very difficult times”.

If you need our help, please contact us:07557123493


Headway Preston and Chorley celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year providing help and support to adults with acquired brain injury or major trauma injuries. Services include community meetings, advice and information service, hospital visiting support service for neurological conditions and major trauma, exercise class, walking group, art therapy, talking group, IT support, Welfare Benefits service, information literature volunteering opportunities. Charity number 1144388

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Due to the current pandemic, in 2020 we are focusing on organisations affected by COVID-19 under the themes: supporting organisations resilience and adapting and expanding services to meet new challenges.

Contact Liz Bamber 07557123493

Daughter of former volunteer raises £1360 for Headway Preston and Chorley

Antonia Dearden age 21 has raised £1360 in memory of her Dad and former Headway Preston and Chorley volunteer who sadly passed away in 2015.

Antonia decided in 2019 that she wanted to do a skydive fundraiser for Headway Preston and Chorley, in memory of her dad Andrew. It was planned for 12th June 2019 which would have been his 51st birthday but unfortunately it was cancelled twice due to bad weather. Antonia rescheduled the dive this year for what would have been her dad’s birthday weekend, however that too was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Frustrated at not being able to complete the skydive and nearing her 21st birthday Antonia decided that it was the right thing to do to donate the money on 1st November (her dads 5-year anniversary).

Antonia said, “I made a Facebook post to explain my decision and check with the kind people who sponsored me that they agreed with this decision. Thankfully, everyone was happy for me to proceed and she has managed to raise £1360.00.

Antonia added, “I know that these funds are vital for Headway Preston and Chorley especially during the current situation. At the moment fundraising is very difficult. This has a massive impact on smaller charities and I am very grateful to my family and friends who have donated and supported me”.

Andrew Dearden was a volunteer up to shortly before he died in 2015.10 years previously, he’d successfully had a large, rare brain tumour removed. He made a good recovery, however this left him with many difficulties, some hidden and some which were more apparent. He lost a quarter of his vision, had problems with coordination, fatigued easily, was very sensitive to fluorescent lighting and busy places.  There were ups and downs, but he did have a good quality of life. He strove to overcome these difficulties and in 2012 he and his wife Pam became volunteers with Headway Preston and Chorley. This allowed him to put his life experience to good use and help others who were in similar situations to the one he found himself in. Sadly 9 years later secondary tumours appeared in other parts of his body which led to a terminal diagnosis.

Brain injuries are something which people have very minimal understanding of unless they have personal experience with them. The work that Headway Preston and Chorley do to support people with brain injuries is vital – they are a lifeline for many people.

Liz Bamber, Manager of Headway Preston and Chorley said: “Andrew and Pam were wonderful volunteers, Andrew led our relaxation group and Pam the art class. The family were one of the first to volunteer for Headway Preston and Chorley and we will be forever grateful for their hard work and dedication. Andrew found volunteering therapeutic and looked forward to helping others with similar types of brain injuries.

“When Antonia told us, she was intending to do a skydive we were amazed and grateful. The setbacks just made her more determined and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts for raising £1360.00 which will go towards the Headway Preston and Chorley emergency fund helping local families in crisis following sudden injury or disability.

To find out more about you can help Headway Preston and Chorley visit

Contact Headway Preston and Chorley Liz Bamber 07557123493

Contact Antonia Dearden 07730436388

Coronavirus Community Support Fund award.

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, awarded today has helped ‘Headway Preston Keep On Going’. The money is awarded for a 6 month period to deliver essential services including our helpline 07557123493 and staff managing the outreach service.

Liz Bamber, Charity Manager said, ‘this is a special fund for small charities who are delivering essential services in their communities during Coronavirus restrictions. Most charities are worried about how they will survive and adapt to the current ways of working. Most of us work face to face with our clients often providing immediate assistance to those who need our help. Social distancing has effected how we work and how we fund our charities. Thanks to the Government for making this possible’.
The National Lottery Community Fund

ABI week 28th September – 4th October 2020

One of the most common concerns from brain injury survivors is the profound impact that can have on their lives and relationships post brain injury. This year ABI week focuses on memory problems and how we can help patients and their families develop strategies using aids to remember everyday things.

In January 2020, Headway UK launched a survey into the effects of memory loss, to be completed by brain injury survivors or their family members and carers acting on their behalf. 

The results are striking, with 85% of survivors experiencing a negative impact on their lives and 65% feeling that their personal relationships have been negatively affected as a result of their memory problems.

At Headway Preston and Chorley we supply simple aids such as diaries, white boards, post-it pads to our members. We also talk through strategies to help cope with memory loss including using mobile phone Apps, alarms and devices such as Amazon’s Alexa.

Headway UK produces a booklet on memory problems after brain injury which you can download directly from their website or contact us for a hard copy.