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!’

JMW lunch raises £5,500

JMW Solicitors have raised £5,500 for Headway Central Lancashire after holding a wonderful lunchtime event at Gusto in Manchester.

The event was in aid of Headway and the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) with a grand total of £11,000 being split between the two charities.

Liz Bamber, Headway Manager said, ‘JMW has been supporting us for 7 years now and every year they hold more than one event which raises much needed funds for our charity. We are enormously grateful to Andy Lilley and the team at JMW and look forward to working with them in 2023’

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Mikes Race to The Stones raises £503.70

When Mike Patten’s friend suffered a brain injury in September 2021, Mike decided to do something to support the charity that helped, and in July 2022 he ran the 100km Race to the Stones, in Wiltshire.

Mike raised £503.70 for Headway Central Lancashire along with friends, John Hyde and Ruth Cornish, who were also on the race.

Mike said, “this was my biggest target of the year, and the race was pretty tough to be honest as I’ve never run that distance before (31 miles Saturday, 31 miles Sunday,) but I wanted to give something back to the charity and to say thank you”.

Laura Brown, Headway Assistant Manager said, “we are delighted to receive this donation which will support other families going through rehabilitation after a brain injury”.

News Bulletin Autumn Winter 2022

Our end of year bulletin reports on Headway Central Lancashire activities and meeting dates up to the end of 2022.

Also featured is an invitation to our annual Festive Get Together on 13th December 2022 and tickets are new available for this event from The Headway CL office or telephone 01772 791460 or Email:

Major Trauma Centre 10th Anniversary

The Major Trauma Centre at Royal Preston Hospital is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. ​

Major Trauma refers to serious injury or multiple injuries sustained by patients which could result in disability or death. Injuries may include severe head, chest, abdominal and skeletal injuries sustained as a result of accidents, sport or violence. Major Trauma is recognised as the main cause of death for people under the age of 45 and is a major cause of debilitating long term injuries. More than half of Major Trauma cases are caused by road traffic accidents.

The MTC at Preston is part of the  Lancashire & South Cumbria Major Trauma Network and is a specialist centre responsible for the care of the most severely injured patients involved in major trauma. It provides 24/7 emergency access to consultant-delivered care for a wide range of specialist clinical services and expertise.

Over the past 10 years the MTC has treated over 11,000 severely injured patients.

In 2018 Headway Central Lancashire joined the MTC by providing the MTPSS and this supports patients with financial, legal, emotional advice to allow them to concentrate on their recovery and rehabilitation. Major Trauma Patient Support