Summer afternoon tea

The Summer Afternoon Tea and Bake Off 2024 has been kindly sponsored by:

Express Solicitors, JMW, Serios Injury Law, KW Therapy and Barratt Homes. Without their sponsorship we would not be able to pack in as much fun, prizes and good food!!

Action for Brain Injury Week 2024

A life re-written is the theme of ABI week 2024. Headway UK’s campaign explores identity after brain injury and tell the stories of brain injury survivors who have successfully rebuilt their lives. However, A Life Re-written will also outline the realities of life post-brain injury and how positive outcomes aren’t always the norm.

To find out more go to: BBC The Traitors star Andrew Jenkins to front Headway’s Action for Brain Injury Week 2024 | Headway

Meanwhile Headway Central Lancashire continues its support of adults and their families who have been affected by brain injury, supporting them to live the best life they can.

Major Trauma does The Lap

We are super proud that three Major Trauma practitioners from the Royal Preston Hospital are taking part in The Lap in aid of Headway Central Lancashire’s Major Trauma and Neuro Hospital Service.

Dr Amy Ashton, Dr Howard and Dr Emma Baird will be aiming to complete The Lap, a 47mile/75K (8000 feet of climbing) Trail Ultra, in under 24 hours, circumnavigating England’s largest lake, lake Windermere.

Date: 12th May 2024

Location: SPRING FORWARD | The Lap

To donate and support the trio please go to:

What’s the worse that can happen…..they have a clinical psychologist on the team!

Dr Amy Ashton said, ‘One optimistic day last year I mentioned to some colleagues that a very inspiring couple i know had just walked an ultra marathon called The Lap. For some crazy reason we decided it would be a good idea to sign up and raise money for an awesome charity if we managed it. So almost a year on, and we’re about to face 47miles in 24hrs… apparently with a clinical psychologist in the team nothing can go wrong… I dont think they know how unhinged I get when I’m tired/hungry/generally grumpy…

In our major trauma MDT clinic we see first hand the amazing work Headway Central Lancashire does for our patients. Their mission is to enable people, and their carers, after a major trauma to live the best life that they can. They do this in spades they are a truly inspiring team and support so many patients while they navigate the life changing effects of suffering traumatic injuries. If you want to boost our motivation and help a brilliant cause, please donate!

Liz Bamber Manager and founder member of Headway Central Lancashire said, ‘we are thrilled that Amy, Emma and Howard are doing this for our charity. They are busy every day saving lives and rehabilitating patients after a major trauma injury, but have the kindness and determination to help our small charity, and we are beyond proud and grateful’.

To donate and support the trio please go to:

Sapphire Ball 2024 raises £10,500

WE are delighted to announce the Headway Central Lancashire Sapphire Ball 2024 has raised £10,500 for our charity.

The annual event held at Delta Hotel The Marriott Preston was a sell out and supported by local businesses who sponsored activities and donated prizes.

Special thanks go to JMW and Fletchers Solicitors who were headline sponsors, Express Solicitors who sponsored drinks on tables, KW Therapy who sponsored the Sweetie Table, CFG who sponsored My Photo Cube and AC Roofing who sponsored Heads and Tails.

Liz Bamber, Manager said, the Sapphire Ball is the one annual event we organise ourselves, and fit the planning work around caring for our clients and patients so its been very busy for the team over the last month or so. We are so pleased we raised so much money and thank everyone who donated prizes, bought tickets and donated on the night.

Summer Afternoon Tea

Our annual Summer Afternoon Tea is for adult’s after acquired brain injury or major trauma to come together and enjoy an afternoon of good food, excellent company and support. Tickets are £2.50 and available by contacting us see below.

We are delighted that the Mayor of Preston Councillor Yakub Patel will be joining us.

Headway Central Lancashire events are kindly sponsored by our official sponsors: JMW Solicitors, Fletchers Solicitors, KW Therapy, Glenn Slater Contractors and Express Solicitors.

Tuesday 4th July 2023

Salvation Army Centre, Preston, PR1 7BN

Lunch     Entertainment     Raffle

Tombola    Craft Stand Cakes

“The Headway Bake Off” Competition

Contact Margaret to book your ticket: 07808648728 or 01772 791460


Newsletter Spring Summer 2023

Welcome to our newsletter Spring/Summer 2023 containing details of our services and latest news.

Paper copies are being posted to those on our mailing list, if you would like a copy please contact us with your postal address. E or telephone 01772 791460.

£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.

Sapphire Ball raises £9000

The Headway Central Lancashire Headway Sapphire Ball on 11th March 2022, raised £9000 for the charity.

The annual event held at the Marriott Preston (Delta Hotels) was a glittering evening of energetic entertainment, good food and company and wonderful prizes donated by local businesses.

The main sponsors were JMW and Fletchers solicitors.

Wine on tables was kindly funded by Express Solicitors.

Sweetie table and Heads and Tails was kindly sponsored by Glenn Slater Contractors.

Photo Cube was kindly provided and sponsored by Red Curl Photography.

Red Carpet photos were kindly provided by CFG Photos.

Auction and Raffle prizes were kindly donated by:

KW Therapy

Frenkel Topping

Express Solicitors



Modus Sports Management donated by Mark Smith & Jason Thame

CFG Solicitors

Glenn Slater

Trevor Hart

Barton Grange Garden Center

Maxi Farm

Red Curl Photography

Halfords via Liz Bamber


Sky Bet via Lewis Bamber

Detail Garage via KW Therapy

Flowers with Passion

Ribble Wines via Billie Weld Blundell

Thrive Gym via Karen Wilding

Judith Parker

Preston North End via Jackie Keithley NHS

Marriott Delta Hotels

Active Case Management

Fletchers Golf Day raises £11,500

Fletchers Golf Day scored an ace for Headway CL by raising £11,500 from their charity Golf Day in September at Hesketh Golf Club in Southport.

The annual event is a huge boost to the charities income and will fund much needed community sessions in 2023.

Liz Bamber, Manager said, ‘The golf day has been running now for 8 years and is supported by some amazing businesses and individuals who not only enjoy the golf, but are committed to our charity. We thank all our colleagues at Fletchers Solicitors for their ongoing support and look forward to Golf 2023!’