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

JMW raises £2500

JMW Solicitors held a Golf Day in aid of Headway Central Lancashire and Child Brain Injury Trust and raised £5000 split equally between our two charities.

JMW Partner, Andy Lilley said, ‘The day was a huge success and we have already had many teams book their date for next year so hopefully this can become a longstanding event in aid of two amazing charities.

Liz Bamber, Headway Manager said, ‘we are incredibly grateful to JMW for their support of HWCL and thank them for their corporate support and also ongoing advice to our members. The £2500 will be allocated to our Walking for Mind and Body project’.

Great Run for Headway CL

On Saturday 22nd May 2022 four friends took to the streets of Manchester to raise money for Headway Central Lancashire in the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon.

Lewis Bamber, Connor Sleight, Lewis Fensome and Ryan Worthington all finished in less than 1hr 40 and made us all very proud.

Lewis Bamber said, ’17 years ago, my brother was in a motorbike accident which left him with with a serious brain injury. As a result of this, he had to pretty much restart life – learning to walk, talk and complete tasks that we otherwise wouldn’t think twice about.

This took a huge toll on our family, and although it wasn’t easy – we got through it. My mum (Liz Bamber) always puts others first, and after experiencing this, wanted to help other families going through the same. That’s where Headway Central Lancashire was born.

Headway Central Lancashire supports individuals and families who are suffering both directly and indirectly following an acquired brain injury or major trauma incident. The team works tirelessly around the clock to ensure that they have access to everything needed to get through what is an incredibly tough time.

Myself, Lewis Fensome, Ryan Worthington and Connor Sleight are completing this run to raise money for Headway Central Lancashire. To help the charity continue to provide it’s priceless services to it’s members’.

Lewis Bamber is fundraising for Headway Central Lancashire (

Funds are still be counted and will be announced soon.

See the Hidden Me

New research shows more than three quarters of brain injury survivors struggle every day due to their hidden disability.

As part of Action for Brain Injury Week 2022 (16th – 22nd May 2022), Headway – the brain injury association is sharing the stark results of the See the Hidden Me study which found that 76% of brain injury survivors experience problems on a daily basis because of the hidden, and often misunderstood nature of brain injury.

When a brain injury occurs, in a moment of trauma or medical emergency, the life of the person affected, alongside the lives of their loved ones, are changed in an instant. The See the Hidden Me campaign focusses on raising awareness of the battle that survivors and their carers face after the injury.

Headway Central Lancashire members have taken part in the study and held focus groups to share learning, try to overcome difficulties and help each other.

Staff and volunteers at Headway Central Lancashire all have personal or family experience of brain injury and our services are uniquely tailored to our clients’ needs and family support.

To contact us: 01772 791460

Tipping’s Lights raise £4147.00 for HWCL

We are very proud to announce that £4147.00 has been donated to Headway Central Lancashire as part of Mark and Nicola Tipping’s annual charity Christmas Lights.

The Christmas house is located at 1 Valentines Meadow Cottam PR4 0LF and traditionally lights up the house and garden at around 26th November through to 4th January each year.

Headway was just one of the charities benefitting from the local family’s fundraising event which raised a total this year of £16,431.25.

The Tipping’s who have organised their Christmas spectacular for charity for the past 10 years have now raised a total of £123,921.15.