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Raising awareness of brain injury and strokes in West Norfolk




A Norfolk charity is encouraging people to wear their wackiest hats from tomorrow (Friday, May 15) in order to help raise funds for those affected by brain injury and strokes.

Headway Norfolk and Waveney has stated a desire and determination to continue supporting those affected by brain injury during Covid-19.

Friday's 'Hats at Home for Headway Day' initiative is an opportunity to raise awareness and fundraise.

A Norfolk and Waveney Headway support worker delivering packages for clients. Picture: SUBMITTED
A Norfolk and Waveney Headway support worker delivering packages for clients. Picture: SUBMITTED

The charity is asking people to wear a wacky hat today, then donate £2 to Headway Norfolk and Waveney, in addition to posting a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HatsForHeadway to show support.

A spokeswoman said: "This year we may be in different circumstances, but we are still asking you to wear your wacky hats in your house, garden and Zoom chats with Hats at Home for Headway."

Each year over 6000 people are admitted to hospital in Norfolk due to an acquired brain injury according to figures released by the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Norfolk and Waveney Headway has launched a wacky hat campaign. Picture: SUBMITTED
Norfolk and Waveney Headway has launched a wacky hat campaign. Picture: SUBMITTED

The spokeswoman added: "Headway has occupational therapists and teams who work with clients to tailor support, so people move forward in a positive way.

"Activities range from communication, numeracy, physical movement and creative workshops as well as many others.

"Headway also offers carers and family support, and strategies for coping, allowing them to share experiences in and offload pressures."

A Norfolk and Waveney Headway support worker delivering packages for clients. Picture: SUBMITTED
A Norfolk and Waveney Headway support worker delivering packages for clients. Picture: SUBMITTED

Covid-19 has forced Headway to close their centres across Norfolk, but they are still supporting clients through regular phone calls, emails and sending out packages to meet each individual’s needs.

The wife of a client said: “Headway has been absolutely wonderful during this time, not only does Max’s [her husband] key worker Mandy send over amazing packages which include word searches, comprehensions and sudokus, I also feel supported, heard and understood."

From May 15, show your support and take a photo of you wearing your wackiest hat, use the hashtag #hatsforheadway and donate to Headway Norfolk and Waveney if you can through Just Givingat www.justgiving.com/headwaynw.



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