COMMUNITY: Local charity grateful for O's support

access_time 4 years ago

Headway East London is a local charity supporting people affected by brain injury. Offering specialized support and services to survivors and their family whilst also campaigning for greater public awareness, their vision is to build a community where people with brain injury are valued, respected and able to fulfil their potential.

As part of Leyton Orient’s continued dedication to involving the local community, service users, staff and their families from the charity were invited to the game against Notts County and utilised the Fans for Diversity hub whilst also manning the turnstiles and collecting for this very worthy cause.

Rosy Ross, Fundraising and Development Officer at Headway East said: “The final count-up and amount raised was £614.20. This really makes a difference to the charity, and I’d like to thank you and staff but especially the supporters at Brisbane Road for your help, hospitality and generosity. Everyone was so friendly, and it was a really fun day.”

The Day Service is based at Headway House in Hackney; a community within itself which helps people make the most of their skills, abilities and interests.

Rosy continued: “The centre is open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm for 48 weeks of the year, offering activities, outings and therapies, as well as professional and peer support. It also acts as a base for our other services. All members of Headway House have an assigned key worker who is responsible for their overall activity programme and personal plan.

“Our garden runs the full length of Headway House along Regent’s Canal. This provides a peaceful setting for members to relax and socialise outdoors. As well as growing herbs and veg for the kitchen, we have built a cob oven which we use in the summer months. We also host public and private events throughout the year such as our annual family day.”

A week after the game, LOFC Community Liaison Officer Howard Gould accepted an invitation from Rosy to pop over to Hackney and see the charity in action and to see exactly what the money raised is used for.

“I was extremely happy to visit Headway East and overawed with the great work going on there,” said Howard. “The atmosphere was joyful and so welcoming. And the lunch provided was delicious! I am always amazed by the work that goes on in the charities and community schemes we cross paths with each year, mostly unnoticed by the general public and I’m really pleased we (LOFC) can highlight Headway East today.”

For more information on the work of Headway East London, contact: 238-240 Kingsland Road, E2 8AX Phone: 020 7749 7790

or visit: Twitter: @headwayELondon