Headway celebrates 40th anniversary

Published on: 25 Aug 2017


FRENCHAY-based Headway Bristol, the charity that helps survivors of brain injury to live as independently as possible, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a gala ball later this month.

The event will have a sporting theme, due to the connection between head injury and sport. 

Sporting personalities and special guests who will be speaking in support of the charity at the event include author and professional horse rider, Polly Williamson, retired senior England rugby referee, Ed Morrison, and BBC Points West presenter, Will Glennon. 

Both Polly Williamson and Will Glennon sustained severe brain injuries, and Will and his wife Emily have been supported by Headway Bristol in his recovery. 

Ed Morrison and his family have been fundraising and supporting Headway Bristol since the loss of their son Scott who died following a brain injury in 2014. 

The Headway Bristol 40th Anniversary Gala Ball takes place on Thursday September 28 at The Bristol Hotel at 7pm. The evening will include a three course meal, dancing and music.

Kate Croucher, chief executive officer of Headway Bristol, said the ball is an opportunity to celebrate the charity's history and look forward to the future: “Headway Bristol started out in 1977 based on a site in Frenchay Hospital founded by Rita Rees. Fast forward to today in 2017, we are based in our own refurbished premises in Frenchay, with over 30 members of staff supporting over 40 service users and providing over 300 hours of one-to-one outreach every week."

The service provided by Headway Bristol provides a lifeline for many survivors of brain injury across Bristol, North and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. The charity needs to raise more than £200,000 each year to maintain its services, expand existing provision and pilot new initiatives.

Tickets for the charity ball cost £45 per person, or tables of ten people at £400. To request a booking form, please contact Clio Khan at Headway Bristol, by sending an email to info@headwaybristol.org.uk, or call 0117 340 3771.

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