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Brain injury charity asks people to wear wacky hats

A local brain injury charity is calling out for people across West Norfolk to don their wackiest hat for a day this month.

Headway Norfolk and Waveney, who have an office at St Michael’s Road in Lynn, are raising funds for families living with the effects of brain injury.

Organisers are appealing to businesses, schools and community organisations to get creative for their Hats for Headway Day.

The fundraising day will take place on Friday, May 24 with participants asked to donate £2.

Hats for Headway day (9893613)
Hats for Headway day (9893613)

Laura Jones, of Headway Norfolk and Waveney, said: “We received a fantastic response from the community for last year’s Hats for Headway Day and we hope to make this year even better.

“This is a really fun day and we hope lots of people get involved.

“But there’s a serious side, too.

“Brain injury can have a devastating impact upon the lives of individuals and their families, affecting everything they do, think and feel.”

To enter the competition, participants can post a picture of themselves wearing their hat on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HatsForHeadway.

Alternatively, participants can enter via the charity’s website at www.headway.org.uk/about-headway/events-and-conferences/hats-for-headway-day.

Mrs Jones added: “We want people to know that by taking part in Hats for Headway Day, they’ll be supporting our work to improve the lives of local people affected by brain injury, helping them to rebuild their lives and regain their independence.”

Hats for Headway fundraisers last year
Hats for Headway fundraisers last year

During 2017, there were more than 5,000 hospital admissions in Norfolk due to a brain injury.

According to Headway, the most common forms of acquired brain injury are traumatic brain injury and stroke. Other causes include brain tumour, meningitis, haemorrhage and anoxia.

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