Leave Your Hat On For Headway Devon!

Leave Your Hat On For Headway Devon!

As part of National Brain Injury Awareness Week, which takes place between 20th-26th May, Headway Devon is inviting businesses, groups and organisations to wear a hat for the day.

The region’s brain injury charity are putting on a Hats for Headway Day to raise awareness of brain injury and, with each person who wears a hat donating £2, help generate crucial funds too.

Hang a hat on your head for the day and join in with a fun, easy way of raising awareness about acquired brain injury.

It’s so easy to take part, and fun too as hats make great conversation pieces. There’s a hat for every mood and occasion. Maybe you’re feeling fancy and flamboyant, wanting to don a hat that wouldn’t look out of place at Ascot? Or a bit comical in a Chaplin-esque pork pie hat? Or show your mischievous side with a pirate hat?

At £2 per person to participate, these much-needed funds will go straight towards Headway Devon’s day centres and outreach support work for people living with acquired brain injury.

Two women at a desk wearing silly hats for Headway Devon.

For those who want to take it a step further, some of the Headway Devon office team are being sponsored to wear protective headwear for the whole day. They will be keeping cycling helmets on for their entire waking day to spark conversation about the importance of looking after our precious heads. They would certainly welcome company if you would like to do this too.

CEO of Headway Devon, Ruth Wells, says:

“Many of us don’t realise that brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, a statistic published by the International Brain Injury Association. In the UK alone, there is one hospital admission every 90 seconds. And yet, how often are we talking about brain injury?”

When we think of the term brain injury, we often tend to think of head injuries. In reality brain injuries are also caused by illnesses like strokes, carbon monoxide poisoning, encephalitis, brain tumours and toxic damage. Nearly all of us will know someone who’s been affected by brain injury in one way or another.

There are many ways in which we can protect ourselves against acquired brain injury. It might be wearing a helmet for cycling, skiing, horse riding, wicket-keeping or skate boarding, installing a carbon monoxide detector, or simply trying to be healthier. Cutting down on alcohol consumption, eating oily fish, keeping an eye on cholesterol levels and doing regular physical activity can all help to keep our brains fitter, as well as our bodies.

Hats for Headway Day is held across brain injury charities across the nation and is part of the UK’s brain injury awareness month.

Bartender pouring a pint wearing a silly hat for Headway Devon.

Headway Devon provides specialised and ongoing support when a person has a brain injury in Devon, either through illness or because of a traumatic incident. It does this through day centres in Exeter, Exmouth, Tiverton, Torquay and Honiton. There is also a team of community support workers who work one-to-one with clients to help with rehabilitation and independent living. Brain injury affects each person differently and can have a wide range of complex and often life-long disabilities. Experienced and expert help is such an important lifeline to these people.

Taking place on Friday 24th May, all you need to do right now is sign up on Headway Devon’s website and they will send over all of the information you need to get your school, business or club involved.

Click here to sign up.

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