Your Support is Just Amazing
by Sarah Benson.
We are on our way. Thanks to your fundraising we are keeping all our vital services going for our clients despite the cutbacks over the years. A heartfelt thanks. But we cannot be complacent. We want to deliver more for our clients. As we already know one manifestation of a brain injury is losing the ability to communicate. Imagine what it would be like to know exactly what you want to say, but be unable to express it. In the past Headway has worked with adults and seen the expressions on their faces as they struggle to get their messages across. It’s not easy but we've also seen the joy on their faces when they successfully get their message across. But now we no longer can deliver this vital service to our clients. Why? Because we lack the funding to continue the programme. And this is where we hope you can help.
Do you think you could take up the challenge and help us give our clients their voice back? If so, please donate today or take up a challenge and raise funds for this vital service with JustGiving. If you want to do something contact Sarah today firstname.lastname@example.org or call us.
We have been bowled over by your support in recent weeks. Thank you to our amazing friends and supporters. Here's a short update on just some of things you've been doing to bring positive change...
Sara Walsh - A legacy
Sara suffered a brain injury over three years ago following a bleed on her brain during a biopsy for a tumour. She was only 28 years old. Her family and friends fundraised for her to get the very best of treatment in Germany. There she made massive progress despite all the odds.
Unfortunately, the regrowth of her benign brain tumour put an end to the dream her family had for her. She died on June 21 st 2015. Ar dheis de go raibh a hanam.
As a result of her untimely death, there were some surplus funds in her fundraising account. The family have generously decided to gift 10,000 Euro to Headway Ireland.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Walsh family for this life changing gift for survivors of brain injury and to all who fundraised and supported the many and varied fund raising events that were held. Thank you on behalf of brain injury survivors
The Script Meet up
Headway would like to extend its thanks to the Script Family who organised a meet up before The Script’s concert in Croke Park and raised a whopping € 4,177.53. It takes a lot of effort to organise these events and we are very grateful to Andrea for going that extra mile and doing it to support Headway. There was a big turn out on the night with fans from all over Europe joining the party. The one and only Script drummer Glen Power turned up to show his appreciation. It was quite the night after that with all the fans getting a chance to have their picture taken with him. What a gent!
It can be difficult to grasp what brain injury is and what it means in peoples’ lives. Often when an injury happens it happens from a clear blue sky, nobody is expecting it, nobody has planned for it, and nobody is prepared for the changes it will bring to their lives. The Script family embraced the challenge and showed that they were committed to making the difference. We can’t thank them enough. We rely on the community’s support and thanks to the Script, Andrea and all the fans we can continue to plan for people with brain injury. Thank you on behalf of those struggling to cope with brain injury.
Thank you to Little Italy for their very kind donation of €250 to Headway. Little Italy based in the Smithfield hosted a very successful and thoroughly enjoyable Pizza Party with all the proceeds going to Headway. There was a great turn out. Thank you to everyone involved.
The unstoppable Ronan O Neill is once again organizing the Equinox cycle which will take them from Clontarf in Dublin to Westport in Mayo on September 19 th in aid of both Headway and Temple Street Children's Hospital. Best of luck to everyone training for the 250km cycle.
Women’s mini marathon
This year’s weather was a challenging but not so for our ladies who went out in force to support people living with brain injuries. A massive thank you to everyone for translating your efforts into much needed funds for people living with brain injuries. If you want to take up a challenge for Headway please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sarah and she will send you out your fundraising pack today
Paypal & Ebay
In a bid to raise awareness of brain injury our team went to Paypal and Ebay to actively promote the use of cycle helmets as an essential life-saving piece of cycling equipment and the single most effective way of reducing head injuries and fatalities.
T he nature of brain injuries sustained by cyclists can be devastating. Every day our staff in Headway witness firsthand the shocking impact a knock to the head can have on a person’s life. It’s not easy
James Cracknell made a short clip (1 min 20 sec) after he was seriously injured in a cycling accident in America. His helmet saved him. His one minute appeal to wear a cycle helmet is way stronger than anything we can say - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t64VC3uegQ#t=21
Headway support the call Use your head. Use your helmet