Turning 40 is certainly a major milestone and throughout this edition, and indeed the year, we’ll be looking at what’s been achieved as well as what’s still to do – with your help!
The suggestion that life begins at 40 is not one we hold to at Headway – certainly not when it comes to life after brain injury. To do so would be to belittle the incredible work that’s been done in the name of Headway over the past four decades to support individuals and families affected.
The charity was founded in 1979 by a small collective of families and professionals who believed a life worth saving should be a life worth living. Advances in neurosurgery in the 1970s had lead to more lives being saved following brain injury, but those advances in acute care were not matched by investment in rehabilitation.
The irony is that 40 years after Headway was formed, that same argument could still be made. And yet we know that with the right help, at the right time, there can be life after brain injury.
That’s thanks to the incredible dedication of Headway volunteers and staff across the country, who every day do all they can to support people affected by brain injury.
And it’s thanks to the generosity of everyone who has run marathons, climbed mountains, or simply taken part in Hats for Headway Day in order to raise money to fund our vital services.
Everyone associated with Headway should be proud about how far we have come, while remaining under no illusion about how much work is still to be done in order to meet the needs of the ever-increasing number of people living with ABI.
So we will be celebrating this year, but here at Headway UK we’ll also be putting on our running socks or strapping on our cycle helmets to take part in our new fundraising event in honour of our 40th anniversary.
Challenge 40 is your chance to make a difference in our 40th anniversary year. Anyone can be a part of the Challenge 40 team and you don’t have to do anything that requires physical exertion.
Check out our special feature on pages 26 and 27 to see how you can join in the fun and Challenge 40.
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