£170,000 grant awarded to HWCL hospital service

A total of £170,000 in National Lottery funding has been awarded to local charity Headway Central Lancashire to continue a voluntary and non-clinical support service for patients who have suffered a major trauma injury.

The money will be used to provide support on a daily basis, helping more than 2,000 patients per year for the next 4 years.

The project, called Major Trauma Patients Support Service, began in 2020 and has so far helped 6470 patients and their families going through the upheaval caused by a life-changing injury.  The service has been rated very good and excellent by the people helped.

Liz Bamber, Manager at Headway Central Lancashire, has led the charity since it began after her eldest son sustained a severe traumatic brain injury through a road traffic collision. She realised from her own family’s experience that the community was struggling to provide support to local families when they needed it the most.

Liz said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has decided to continue supporting our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to continue our service to patients and help them overcome practical problems after a major trauma injury including brain injury. This funding will make a huge difference and is vital because it helps families to deal with a sudden change to their lives. The service is available to patients and their families as soon as they need it, and most issues can be dealt with before they are discharged from hospital.”

Karen Howarth Major Trauma Clinical Manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are thrilled that Headway Central Lancashire has received funding to expand and continue what is a fantastic source of support. The lives of the patients and their loved ones using this service have often changed dramatically and rapidly, and this daily service means there will always be help, support and advice whenever they need it. We are extremely grateful to the team and all that they do for our community.”

Headway Central Lancashire was formed in 2010 and has been supporting local adults through their voluntary hospital service and community sessions for the past 13 years.

Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, the Major Trauma Patient Support Service will continue offering patients help at the bedside, with welfare benefits claims, access to free legal information and support with employment issues – all of which may arise as a consequence of a sudden life-changing injury.