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Headway Folkestone hosted their first joint fundraiser and awareness day along with Age UK, Folkestone, Hythe & District Mencap, Kent Coast Volunteering-Folkestone & Hythe on Saturday, August 17th. All service providers are situated within the Marigold Centre.

The sun came out and it was a very well supported event as you can see from all the photos. Our thanks to our Folkestone Town Mayor Jackie Meade who officially opened the event, and on her birthday too! And for the wonderful entertainment from Duncan and the HeadStrong choir and Pat & Alan of Puppeteers in Motion. And last but by no means least special thanks to all those who came along and supported our event and the wonderful volunteers who gave their time to man the stalls.

Oh, how mighty oaks grow from little acorns!

On 25th May 2019, Folkestone Facilitators Paula McCormack and Nina Milton once again held their 8th Annual Gala Dinner in aid of Headway East Kent, an idea which Paula first had back in 2012 as a one-off event as a way of thanking one of our major supporters Face of Europe and The World.  An evening of class and entertainment where all our guests get the opportunity to enjoy fine dining and get their glad rags on.

We have had great support each year organising our Gala Dinner, and this year was certainly no different.  With many familiar faces as well as lots of new ones also, it was lovely to see the venue buzzing with over 100 guests in attendance.

With the generosity of many local businesses and individuals donating to our auction and raffle, and this year the added game of ‘Heads and Tails’, we are over the moon to announce the total we raised was……..£3,127.25.

Photographer and volunteer at our Canterbury branch Kevin Marlow of KVN Photography kindly donated his services to capture the magical moments of the evening, some of which you can see below.  If you wish to see the full album please be sure to click on the link below;

Folkestone Gala Dinner

Each year we like to ask a client to share their story with everyone on the night, this year we didn’t want to put any pressure on anyone to do this, but a very brave Folkestone client of ours put himself forward to share in his words his story and we would like to commend him and say how very proud of him we are – well done, Roger!

This just leaves us to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, who supported us and allowed us to host our Gala Dinner once again, and this just leaves us to say…SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

 

On the 29th March, the Folkestone team organised and hosted their first ever Ladies night fundraising event and what an amazing night it turned out to be!

Over 60 lovely ladies attended the evening, and there were lots of items on offer with so many kind donations of new and pre-loved designer clothing and accessories with something to suit everyone’s taste, prosecco on arrival, table platters, dress auction and a quality raffle, the night exceeded everyone’s expectations, much to our delight.

Thank you so much to everyone who came, to the lovely ladies who modelled our auction items, and for all those who donated items and helped out, all of which helped make the night a HUGE success, so much so that we have already pencilled in a date for our next one!  So ladies, for those who would like to join us again, our next ladies night will be on Saturday 9th November, please contact the Folkestone team via email folkestone@headwayeastkent.org.uk for further details.

This just leaves us to announce the total raised….are you ready!? The Folkestone Ladies Night debut raised an amazing £1688.15!  We are very proud of how successful the night was and are extremely grateful to all those who played a part in helping make the night such a successful one…that just leaves us to say, see you next time!

What a fun time had by all at Headway Folkestone’s open day on Saturday 6th October 2018.

Roger and Brett, two of Folkestone Headway clients decided they wanted to show their appreciation at the support received from Headway East Kent by doing a sponsored head shave.  Amid much laughter from everyone on the day, we’d like to announce that an amazing £675 was raised.

We would all like to thank you both so much, and to Nathan & Jean Scotford of Cutting Edge Barbers Bouverie Road West. One the same day we also unveiled the day centres new plaque, in appreciation of the support from Face of Europe and the World, who’s support has been very much appreciated over the past 6yrs.

Well done to Roger and Brett and thank you ALL!

 

In Folkestone Headway House last week the group enjoyed a visit from Hayley, who on behalf of Bunnings UK, organised a ‘Birdwatch’ activity.

Our clients made lard and seed feeders to encourage birds into their gardens.

Thank you to Hayley for her enthusiasm and to Bunnings UK who offer such great support of local charities within their community.

 

At Headway East Kent, we are always happy to welcome supporters to visit our day centres and meet with our clients to see how they benefit from attending our groups.

on the 18th January 2018, Eric Cook and his wife Susan came along not only to enjoy a coffee and chat but to present us with a cheque for £1000 on behalf of the Sandgate Lodge Freemasons.

On Behalf of all at Headway East Kent, we would like to say a big thank you, and it was a pleasure to get to meet you both and have you spend time at our Folkestone Headway House.

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.