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Canal Cruise, Foulridge

As part of a day trip to Boundary Mills, Colne on 25 November 2014, members of Headway Bradford enjoyed a barge cruise along the canal from Foulridge.  The canal was built to follow the contours of the land and the fine, sunny weather made the cruise very pleasant.  Before going on the cruise we had enjoyed a fish and chip lunch after doing some shopping on arrival.  There was more time for shopping and a cuppa before the coach journey back in the dark.

Information stand at Tesco, Queensbury

Our Vice Chair, Steve Butlin, asked Tesco at Queensbury if he could have an information stand at their store, and this request was granted by Steve Dawson, the manager. Steve and his Dad manned the stand for a few hours each day from Monday 22 September to Friday 26 September.

Tesco very kindly gave them food items each day to sell with all proceeds going to Headway Bradford funds. Tesco employee Zoe Hudson helped Steve Butlin and his parents to set the stand up and also donated cookies for them to sell. Steve and his Dad had their flask filled every day by canteen staff, and £140.06 was raised.

Our grateful thanks go to Tesco Queensbury for their wonderful support. Our photos show Steve Butlin on the right of the stand with his Dad on the left, and then Zoe Hudson, Tesco employee, Steve Butlin’s Dad, Steve Dawson, manager at Tesco Queensbury, and Steve Butlin, Vice Chair of Headway Bradford.

Saltaire Festival stall

Stall at the Charities Fair on Saturday 20 September 2014.
We held tombola and bric-a-brac stalls at this event and raised £310 was for Headway Bradford funds.  Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make the day successful.

New Booklet: After brain injury – An information resource for families and carers

For a long time now, Headway Bradford has wanted to provide a source of information for families and carers of people who are in hospital in Bradford following a brain injury as way of supporting them at a difficult time. For this purpose we have been adapting a booklet produced by King’s College Hospital, London and Headway UK to make it suitable for use in Bradford.

Laura Morton, Occupational Therapist with the Bradford NHS Community Head Injury Rehabilitation Team, and Pam Drake, Secretary of Headway Bradford, have been supported in working on the booklet by Richard Morris of the Communications Team at Headway UK. There has also been input from other members of the Bradford Head Injury Team team and therapists from Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and Airedale Hospital.

Although the booklet is specifically for people who live in Bradford, it does contain some information relating to Leeds General Infirmary and Airedale Hospital because Bradford residents may have been to, or, have to go to, one of these hospitals for surgery or treatment.

The booklet is divided into sections covering the different stages from admission to hospital through to discharge. It has a section on ‘Becoming a carer’ and a section giving ‘Sources of support’. There is also a glossary which explains a lot of common terms used in hospitals.

We plan to ‘launch’ the booklet by having copies available at our two Carers Events on Monday 22 September and Monday 29 September. Following this we will make the booklet available at our other meetings for members to look through. Copies will be distributed to Bradford hospitals, LGI and Airedale Hospital as soon as possible.

Time to Chat at the Social Meeting in Shipley 12 August 2014

A good number came along to our Social/Support Meeting at the Kirkgate Centre, 39A Kirkgate, Shipley, BD18 3EH at 10.30am on Tuesday 12 August.  We enjoyed chatting together over a cuppa and having a go at a cryptic quiz called ‘Are you a sweetie?’.  Two heads were definitely better than one for this resulting in a lot of right answers!

Coffee Morning St George’s Hall, Bradford 24 July 2014

It is really good to welcome people to our monthly coffee mornings held on the third Thursday of each month at the cafe in St George’s Hall, Bridge Street, Bradford, BD1 1JT from 10.30am – 12pm.  Our photos show some of the people who attended on Thursday 24 July 2014.

Day trip to Windermere

The forecast for a warm, dry, cloudy day with sunny spells turned out to be accurate, for which the 39 Headway Bradford members and friends who went on the trip to Windermere were very thankful indeed.

After a brief stop at Settle, we reached Ambleside at around 12 noon where our coach driver took a group photo of us by the lake.

Most people then stayed at Ambleside to catch the 1pm ferry for a refreshing ride across the lake to Bowness, the group booking giving us a reduction in the price of the fare. The rest stayed on the coach to be taken by road.

It was a very pleasant, relaxing day with beautiful scenery both at Windermere and on the jour-ney there and back. Our thanks go to everyone who helped to make the day successful

Hat making session at May meeting

At our monthly meeting on the 13th May 2014 we had a hat making session. Here are some of our creations…

Headway Bradford receives £1000 from the Yorkshire Building Society

At the beginning of our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 11 March 2014, we were presented with a cheque of £1000 from the Yorkshire Building Society.  We are very grateful indeed to YBS for this grant, which will go a long way in helping us to support those whose lives have been affected by brain injury.  It was a very encouraging start to our AGM.  The photos show our Chair, John Watmough, receiving the cheque from Hannah, a member of staff at the YBS.

Headway Bradford receive YBS cheque

New website

We are very pleased to have our new website up and running. Do have a browse around to find out more about who we are, what we do and how you can get involved.