Press Release – 10th July 2017
Jersey’s only brain injury charity is 20 years old this year.
Headway Jersey’s 2017 awareness week starting Monday 17th July, is turning the focus on the charity itself after achieving 20 years of service to the island and there is a lot to celebrate.
The charity was founded in 1997 by a group of islanders led by Senator Andrew Green M.B.E who oversaw the charity as chairman in its early days. From starting with just seven members the charity grew quickly including the opening of the Headway Centre as part of its 10th anniversary in 2007. Headway Jersey now supports over 140 islanders and their families and is still growing.
Over the years, the charity has been instrumental in playing a role in island life, including supporting the successful campaigns for seatbelts in the back of cars, helmets for children riding push bikes while working closely with the States of Jersey Police and the Road Safety Panel.
Headway has also given back to the island in other ways with supporting and formulating charity events that continue today including Groove de Lecq and The Halkett Hoedown. This also includes Headways role in the successful return of the Jersey Marathon in 2006 in association with Standard Charted, which 10 years later has supported many other local charities.
From humble beginnings to now a cornerstone of importance to many islanders who have had their lives changed through a brain or head injury, the charity at its core remains the improvements of people’s lives. The services provided are an essential lifeline for the members and provide support and respite to families and carers who need it most.
The success has been continued by the leadership of the current CEO Ray Cooper supported by the Chairman Phillip Sturgess, board of directors and a hardworking dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Mr. Cooper says the 20th year is a time to reflect on what has been achieved as he explains:
“As we turn the page of the next chapter of the unlikely story that is Headway Jersey, it is time to look back and remind ourselves of the shoulders of which we stand on.
Every volunteer, staff member, fundraiser, or supporter can take great pride in this shared achievement. This is an island success story because it is through the support of the shared community we know for a fact that hundreds of islanders have had their lives improved for ever We have made a real difference to many and it’s through our voice they get to say thank you.
I wish to pay my own tribute to the tireless efforts of everyone connected with Headway Jersey and especially to the members and families we support who continue to inspire us every day.”
Headway Jersey’s awareness week will see many events across the island including its annual Hats for Headway day on Friday 21st July in which we encourage the islands business, schools and other public places to wear a hat for the day in return for a donation to the charity.
Headway will also be honoured by a special event hosted by the Constable of St Helier at the town hall who has also granted the charity the special honour of raising a flag to make the occasion as well as the honour of officially opening the Fete De St Helier from its charity Shop in town.
There will be many other events and ways the charity will mark its 20th year between now and the end of the year. With more to be announced soon.
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