The charity offers a wide range of services, including brain injury rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care throughout the UK and Channel Islands.
Ginny, who has been supported by Headway following her husband contracting encephalitis due to a problem with his immune system, explained: “Brain injury can affect anyone. We decided to fill a shoe with spare change to represent putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and to consider those people who have had a head injury either through illness or an injury. However, my sons soon declared that a shoe was not big enough and the concept progressed to a boot. In the end we settled on a pair of size five wellington boots!”
Ginny continued: “Headway supports people with traumatic and acquired brain injury including strokes, their families and carers to regain confidence and overcome challenges. Members of their team came to my house and met my two sons and explained in colouring and models why my husband’s illness was making him act so differently. Their support helped my family so much at the time and we wanted to raise awareness and funds. Since then, my sons have emptied my piggy bank, as well as their own, and my colleagues at Birketts have been wonderfully supportive.”
A cheque for £171 was presented to Angela Page, Senior Occupational Therapist at Headway Norfolk and Waveney, by Ginny’s sons on 20 November. However, the Family Law Team in Norwich are determined to take their total to £500 by the end of the year and will be running a Christmas hamper raffle and selling mince pies.