New website launched by Headway UK to ease the burden for families dealing with sudden brain injury

 

 

We're delighted to share the link to a very special, innovative website, launched by Headway UK, called "I'm Calling About Chris".

 

The link to this is:  https://www.callingabout.org.uk/about/ and is designed to help people keep family and friends regularly updated on the condition of a loved one following a brain injury. 

 

 

The nature of brain injury means that loved ones are spending many exhausting hours at a hospital bedside while simultaneously trying to update those who care on news and progress. This can be a highly draining experience, both physically and emotionally. 

 

 

The website is very simple to use, enabling families to create an account for free, dedicated to their loved ones. Families can choose whether to make this private or accessible to all, and can choose whether to update with photos, videos, or simple texts. 

 

 

The site can be reached, and a page created, from a tablet or Smartphone, and friends/family members can post their support in response. 

 

Luke Griggs, Director of Communications at Headway UK, says:

 

"At Headway, we understand how difficult it can be to sit by the bedside of a loved one who is in critical care following a sudden acquired brain injury. For many families, the relief that their loved one has survived can quickly be replaced by uncertainty and fear about what the future may hold. Any remaining strength can then be sapped by making or receiving dozens of calls each evening from worried family and friends, each understandably eager for updates."

 

To read more about this website, please visit:

  https://www.headway.org.uk/news/national-news/2018/new-website-eases-the-burden-of-families-dealing-with-sudden-acute-brain-injury/?utm_source=Email+newsletter+subscribers&utm_campaign=f67429c6f3-Headway+News+Bitesize+September+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_53a38ea6e0-f67429c6f3-439443385

 

To visit the site itself and begin creating your own page, please visit:     https://www.callingabout.org.uk/about/

 

 

 

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Guest speaker this year is Andrew Walker, himself an experienced London Marathon runner, and a member of Team HEN 2019. Andrew will be there to share his knowledge and experiences, and to offer hints/tips about build-up to race day, nutrition, lasting the distance, and of course, recovery.

 

7.00pm start with an anticipated finishing time of 8.30pm. All RSVP's and vest top size confirmations by Monday 21st January, please.

 

 

Fish & Chip quiz night, 26th January!

 

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To aid their funding, they've organised a Fish & Chip Quiz  night on Saturday 26th January at Saxon Hall, Raunds, with all proceeds going towards their event. You may remember the choir from the incredible performance they gave alongside the Headway musicians, 'The Custard Caterpillars' back in October!

 

Great night guaranteed - for full details, please visit our 'Events' page. 

 

New Year, New You? Come and be a volunteer!

 

Want to make a positive change for 2019? Then come and be part of our amazing team of volunteers!

 

Whether you have a spare day in the week, or even just an hour or two, visit our centre and meet our fantastic people. We have so much to offer those who've survived brain injury - maybe it could be YOU who helps someone re-learn a lost skill, or take on a new one.

 

For all volunteering enquiries, please call on 01933 652311 or email our deputy manager, Jonny Tudor, on  jonny.tudor@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk