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.

Paul Wilkins: Love, Joy and Delight

Headway UK has featured Paul Wilkins in their Creative Expression feature. Creative expression | Headway

Paul struggled with epilepsy all through school. In 1983 he had an operation to control it, which was successful with regular medication assistance, but left him with cognitive disability for more than 15 years. He then went through what he describes as a ‘brain reactivation’, where he found a new ability to undertake self-rehabilitation and, with the support of organisations such as Headway Central Lancashire, began to see a big improvement in his condition. Over the years he’s become an all round creative writer.

Paul began writing poetry and thoughts in order to motivate others, and you can read his work on his website, Poetry Emotion.

News Bulletin Spring 2022

A Happy and Healthy New Year 2022 from all of us! As we are continuing to cope with the    affects of Covid and the new variant, we are trying to minimise the impact on our services whilst trying to ensure the safety of everyone. Our advice and information service is open and office  appointment are available, online meetings are going ahead, along with the exercise class, walking group, and community meetings hope to restart on Tuesday 25th January 2022.                              We will of course keep everyone updated should the situation change and you can also check details on our website: Drop In and Activity Days Preston

From Liz and the Headway Central Lancashire Team.


Over 17,000 Big Thank You’s

Last year was so difficult for charities to keep going due to the pandemic affecting fundraising events.

So we want to say a BIG thank you to those individuals and businesses who managed to support us and to everyone who kindly donated.                      

Tipping’s Christmas Lights 2021, Fletchers Golf Day, JMW Charity Fundraiser, Cheese and Wine (Trevor Hart), Steven Hornby, Steven Hewitt, (John West Lake Swim), Tony Gansler (A Close Shave), Gabe Tomei, Jamie and Klay (Three Peaks Challenge),  Jackie Campbell (Southport 10K).

Thank you to all the families who have donated to Headway Central Lancashire in memory of a loved one.

We appreciate our supporters who regularly donate to us via monthly giving and those who play our lottery every week.

Chris Carthy receives the Eric Kitchen Award 2021

This year’s Eric Kitchen award has been presented to Headway Trustee and Volunteer, Chris Carthy.

The Eric Kitchen award was started in 2017 in memory of benefactor and author, Eric Kitchen and is made for long standing commitment to charity and outstanding personal development.

Chris has been involved with Headway since 2010 and she is more than aware of the difference Headway brings to the lives of many. Her hard work has enabled us to continue our services to those who have been really struggling and more so over the Covid-19 lockdown.

Presenting the award, Laura Brown Assistant Manager said, ‘Chris, you have been a trustee and volunteer since 2010. A big mention goes to your involvement in the Keeping In touch Project. I can’t think of anybody else who would be able to adapt to the new position as you have Chris. On behalf of the staff and Trustees we are delighted to present the Eric Kitchen 2021 award to you and we are so grateful for your commitment and passion for Headway Central Lancashire..’

Chris said, ‘I was amazed and happy to be acknowledged in this way it was a complete surprise and I was very moved. I have loved every minute of being involved with Headway Central Lancashire and feel privileged to be able to help others after acquired brain injury’.

Previous winners of the Eric Kitchen award are:

Ian Johnson, David Liddell and Rachel Kay.

Steven raises £466 in Marathon

Thank you to one of our Headway family members Steven Hornby @shornby69 who ran the Manchester marathon raising £466 for our charity: supporting brain injury survivors and major trauma patients and their families. From us all, congratulations and thank you.

Tony’s Close Shave

Headway Preston and Chorley’s brain injury survivor Tony Gansler has a very close shave in aid of Headway Preston and Chorley.

On his 60th Birthday he wanted to mark the event with a fundraiser for Headway Preston and Chorley.

Ths close shave took place at Jesseys Barbers Lane Ends in Preston and you can still donate here: