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.

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.