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Regular telephone calls during the lock down are proving to be a lifeline and many people download the bulletin to find out how to become involved.

Gentle Exercise Sessions by Catherine Mitchell

Catherine Mitchell, who usually runs our relaxation classes at the Activity Day, has made 5 videos of her sessions for anyone to follow online here.

Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives

Advice about staying safe due to COVID-19 is changing weekly. How and where to get your updates.

Learn from Home

Lancashire Adult Learning has moved online due to current and they are providing opportunities for learning across the county. Find out more here.

Welfare benefits update

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Headway Preston and Chorley sets up online exercise classes to help with wellbeing in isolation

Headway Preston and Chorley has set up specialist online exercise classes to help brain injury survivors with their physical and mental wellbeing during lockdown.

Headway Preston and Chorley has set up specialist online exercise classes to help brain injury survivors with their physical and mental wellbeing during lockdown.

One of the charity’s fitness instructors Catherine Mitchell runs the classes on YouTube. She said: “It’s important that during these uncertain times, we take the time to focus not only on our physical wellbeing, but on our mental wellbeing too.

“The gentle exercise classes have proven of critical importance in maintaining positive attitudes for our members in what are incredibly unsettling times for us all.

“Just as they did beforehand, the virtual classes aim to cultivate a caring attitude towards our bodies, something that can be a struggle for brain injury survivors who may have experienced physical changes following their injury.

“These sessions help our members to accept those changes within their body and implement new forms of exercise tailored to their abilities.”

More than 60 brain injury survivors have gotten involved with the virtual classes, with a great response from all participants.

The gentle exercise classes are also supported by telephone calls with members to guide them through the different movements and activities, as well as written instructions for those who may struggle to keep up with the pace of the videos.

But as with any other service, these classes have come at a cost to the charity.

Liz Bamber, Project Manager at Headway Preston and Chorley said: “Small charities like ours need help to continue supporting those who rely on us every day – both during and after COVID-19.

“The closure of our day centre has the potential to cause huge disruption to the lives and wellbeing of our service users, so it’s been our top priority to ensure that we continue to provide some kind of support to keep our members safe and connected.

“Our grants are on hold, events are cancelled, donations are down and that means our clients could be without support. Now more than ever, we rely on generous donations to continue our vital work in the community. To find out more go to https://www.headwayprestonandchorley.org.uk/headway-preston-gentle-exercise/

To donate go to: https://www.headwayprestonandchorley.org.uk/how-to-donate/

Headway Preston and Chorley receives £152,000 in National Lottery funding to support major trauma patients at the Royal Preston Hospital

A total of £152,000 in National Lottery funding has been awarded to local charity Headway Preston and Chorley to continue a voluntary support service for patients who have suffered a major trauma injury.

The money will be used to provide support on a daily basis, helping more than 2,000 patients per year for the next 3 years.

Last year, the charity ran a pilot project for patients who have suffered a major trauma injury to find out if their service could be beneficial to other patients going through life-changing injuries. The outcome was staggering, with all 257 patients who accessed the service rating it ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’.

Liz Bamber, Project Manager at Headway Preston and Chorley, has led the charity since it began after her eldest son sustained a severe traumatic brain injury through a road traffic collision. She realised from her own family’s experience that the community was struggling to provide support to local families when they needed it the most.

Liz said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to increase our service to patients and help them overcome practical problems after a major trauma injury including brain injury. This funding will make a huge difference and is vital because it helps families to deal with a sudden change to their lives. The service is available to patients and their families as soon as they need it, and most issues can be dealt with before they are discharged from hospital.”

Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are thrilled that Headway Preston and Chorley has received funding to expand and continue what is a fantastic source of support. The lives of the patients and their loved ones using this service have often changed dramatically and rapidly, and this daily service means there will always be help, support and advice whenever they need it. We are extremely grateful to the team and all that they do for our community.”

Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, the Major Trauma Patient Support Service will now be developed further, providing help to patients at the bedside with welfare benefits claims, access to free legal information, support with housing and employment issues -all of which may arise as a consequence of a sudden life-changing injury.

Penwortham family raises money in memory of aunt Komal

The Parehk family from Penwortham have been raising money in memory of their much loved auntie Komal who sadly passed away in 2018. Komal was a happy bubbly person and she treated all her nephews as her own. They all just felt it was right for us to do this in her memory so set up a Virgin Money page and all took part in the preston 10K run 2019.

Family member Vijay Parekh said, “we wanted to raise money in her memory and chose Headway Preston and Chorley. My nephew Hiten wanted to do something as well for Fujibaa (this is what he called her) so he raised the £120 offline donations through his school by organising a charity football match and collecting donations this way. It is special thanks to Hiten for doing what he did”. 

The Edward Gostling Foundation awards funding

The Headway Preston hospital service for patients who have sustained a brain injury has been awarded funding from the Edward Gostling Foundation. The grant will improve and enhance general welfare of patients and support them after a life changing injury.

Liz Bamber, Charity Manager said, “we have been successful in obtaining a grant from the Foundation for an extension of our neuro support for patients and their families. This means we can support more families at their time of need and help make their recovery as comfortable as possible throughout their rehabilitation journey”.

For information contact Headway Preston and Chorley 01772 791460 or 07557123493


Duchy of Lancaster supports Preston Drop In’s

We are delighted that a grant from the Duchy of Lancaster’s benevolent fund will be helping us to continue our community sessions for people with a brain injury and their families. Margaret Cliffe Community Services Coordinator said, “we are so grateful for this award which is such a boost for our charity. With so many brain injury survivors accessing our community activities, we are now able to maintain this vital service for local people”.

Sapphire Ball 2019 raises over £7000

Our charity ball on 19th May 2019 has raised a staggering £7569.00 for Headway Preston and Chorley bringing in much needed unrestricted funds. Liz Bamber, Headway manager and event organiser said, ‘This is the only major fundraiser of the year that is organised by Headway Preston staff. We are delighted that the ball has raised such a large amount of money and huge thanks go to headline sponsors: Fletchers and JMW Solicitors and all who donated prizes, bought tickets and supported us on the night.

Yorkshire Building Society Foundation funds Art Project

We are delighted to announce that the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has awarded Headway Preston and Chorley a grant to continue the art project in 2019. 

The art project has been running since 2012 and is very popular with clients at the Activity Day. It is especially beneficial to clients who may have problems expressing themselves, which is common after an acquired brain injury.

Course tutor, Laura Brown said, ‘we are very pleased that we have been awarded funding for 2019,  which will allow us to buy much needed art materials and thank the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for their support.’