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On Wednesday 15th November, Headway Folkestone welcomed some visitors.

Alan Myers, president of the Folkestone Channel Rotary Club, Bill Whitby, who was the Channel 50 Challenge event organiser, Duncan Hopkin, Channel Rotary PR, and Jane Pearman with Scooby from Hypo Hounds.

Back in June, people were offered the chance to sign up to this cycle challenge and take on a choice of 3 different circular routes along Kent’s Romney Marsh, riding 10, 30 or 50 miles, all raising money and awareness in aid of both Headway East Kent and Hypo Hounds.

Wednesday, our visitors presented both Hypo Hounds and ourselves with a cheque for £3,500, which was split 50/50, meaning Headway East Kent received and amazing £1,750.00.

This money will go towards funding for tutors in each of our five day centres across East Kent.

We would once again like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for all your hard work.

Yesterday evening Catherine, Folkestone client rep and Gareth, one of our devoted Folkestone volunteers joined Liz- Folkestone Facilitator, at the Presentation Evening for the class winners of the Venetian Fete held in August of this year.

For those that are not aware…Headway Folkestone gained First Place in the class “Best Illuminated Float”!

Here are a few shots taken at the presentation and a little photo of our float on the night.

On Wednesday 25th October at Headway House Folkestone, David Harvey and Bill Newns, from Folkestone Lions Club came to the Day Centre and presented us with a cheque for £600.

This was money raised through the sale of a yearly cryptic quiz sheet, which is written and produced by Bill. It is something the clients now also look forward to joining in each year, testing their skills and knowledge.

We would like to say a huge “thank you” to David, Bill and all the Folkestone Lions for this very generous donation and continued support throughout the years.

Folkestone Lions Club

When new client rep Catherine joined the Folkestone day centre, she took it upon herself to begin organising social events for her fellow clients, which is no easy task.

We all at some stage in our life, have organised nights out, parties, events etc, and all know how stressful and what a full on job it can be.  So now imagine that, coupled with having sustained a brain injury causing you fatigue, brain fog, and other cognitive issues causing the inability to handle certain tasks expected of you that would ordinarily not cause you as an individual much of an issue.

We think our clients do an amazing job coping with day to day life following their brain injuries, and to organise an event for their fellow Headway East Kent members from scratch, without any assistance is definitely worth sharing with you all.

Our Headway members prove that life doesn’t have to end following a brain injury, and here are some photos of their night out at the weekend to show that.

We like to keep active here at Headway East Kent, as a health body promotes a healthy mind, and over at our Canterbury branch they like to do things differently, in the form of Chair Base Zumba!

A fantastic and fun way to keep fit and motivated, here are some snap shots of the guys over at Canterbury displaying their certificates of achievement.

A relatively new scheme we have implemented here at Headway East Kent which allows clients to work towards aims and goals they have chosen to work towards as part of their rehabilitation during their time at Headway East Kent, and of course, where possible, we strive to help our clients accomplish those goals.

Well done guys!!

The Dover clients had an outing to the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel on the 19th September.

They had a lovely walk around the grounds and admired the fabulous view of Folkestone.

The group then enjoyed a nice cuppa in the cafe, followed by lunch at the West Hougham Beefeater on the way home.

 

If you wish to check out the BBM for yourselves, click the link below:

Battle of Britain Memorial Capel-le-Ferne

The Dover branch had a group discussion recently on ‘Compromise’.

The session started with a discussion on why a ‘win-win’ outcome is preferable to a ‘win-lose’ or ‘lose-lose’ outcome and how this business term relates to
personal relationships.

We then went on to discuss 5 everyday scenarios where opposing views can cause conflict. The focus on this was to encourage clients to look at different perspectives and see things from
another persons point of view. From this base of understanding, the clients were able to work out some possible compromise solutions. The clients were given a handout at the end which had some useful pointers on changing attitudes when in conflict with another person.

Do you find this to be an issue in your relationships?

How do you deal with scenarios with differing opinions that can cause conflict?

Feel free to discuss this over on our Facebook page, just click on the link below, we’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

Facebook – compromise post

Thanks to the idea and organisational skills of one client at Folkestone, a group of their fellow clients enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea whilst enjoying the sights on the Tenderden Steam Railway.

Being served with a selection of sandwiches, scones, tea and even miniature cakes afterwards, the clients thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon out dining in style on the old Tenterden Steam train.

From all the staff, volunteers and fellow clients…Thank you Darren!

On Saturday 2nd September, Headway House Folkestone once again held their annual Sponsored Walk along The Leas in Folkestone.

Record numbers of clients, family, carers, volunteers and staff members came together to raise awareness in their town.

After a gloomy start, the clouds disappeared and the sun shone down on all the walkers making for a beautiful afternoon walk.

The total sponsor money amount is yet to be counted up due to monies still being donated, but check out our facebook page for an update on the total soon!

Headway East Kent Facebook

                                                             

Well done Chris, raising an incredible £258!

Once again our Folkestone branch entered in to the Hythe Venetian Fete with their ‘Brain’ inspired float theme, with excellent results!

With the help and involvement of local artist Helen Easter ‘Brian the Brain’ was brought to life, after many weeks of work and preparation, over time from staff, and our amazing volunteers, clients also getting involved, this really was our most successful float to date.

Having entered for the third year since 2013 this years float brought amazing results for the Folkestone branch, receiving a 2nd place in their float class and WINNERS over all in the illuminated run!

  

 

Well done everyone!