Children in Need – the difference your fundraising makes locally

Today is the day of the BBC Children in Need Appeal.  Generous (and wacky!) fundraisers up and down the country will be selling cakes, dying hair, waxing chests and wearing pyjamas, all to raise money for children who are in desperate need of support.

Here in Devon it’s no different and we thought we’d write a special piece to let these fabulous fundraisers know just how much of a difference their efforts are making to local children with brain injuries.

Headway Devon’s children’s centre could not exist without the funding of BBC Children in Need.  Thanks to their kindness, we are able to offer weekly support to children and families whose lives have been turned upside down by brain injury.

The children we support have survived a range of accidents, injuries and illnesses, which have left them with challenging disabilities, facing an uncertain future.

Our centre provides a space for these children to be themselves and meet other children like them.  Every Saturday, children with brain injuries are able to take part in a range of activities to help them develop their social and practical skills and overcome their disabilities.

Earlier this year our children’s centre had reached maximum capacity and we weren’t able to help any more of the children and families who needed our support.  Thanks to Children in Need, we have now expanded our centre – doubling the number of children we work with each week.

So, on behalf of all of the children and families we support – thank you to everyone who is fundraising today, every cake bought and bandana worn is helping us, and other charities like us, to improve the lives of children.

 

Thanks to this expansion, we now have spaces to take on more children.  If you know or care for a child who may be living with the effects of a brain injury, please get in touch – we may be able to help.