Headway’s New Home Formally Opened by the Lord Mayor of Exeter

L to R: John Lee OBE (High Sheriff of Devon), Keiron Northcott (Deputy Chief Executive of Exeter Chiefs and Trustee of the Exeter Foundation), Lord Mayor of Exeter Councillor Rachel Lyons, Anne Mattock (Chief Executive of Headway Devon), Tom Hayes (Exeter Chiefs), Chris Thorne (Partner at Clarke Willmott and Trustee of Headway Devon)

L to R: John Lee OBE (High Sheriff of Devon), Keiron Northcott (Deputy Chief Executive of Exeter Chiefs and Trustee of the Exeter Foundation), Lord Mayor of Exeter Councillor Rachel Lyons, Anne Mattock (Chief Executive of Headway Devon), Tom Hayes (Exeter Chiefs), Chris Thorne (Partner at Clarke Willmott and Trustee of Headway Devon)

In January 2014, Headway Devon hosted the official opening of their new building: the XCentre in Exeter.

After nearly two decades of providing vital support to people in and around Exeter with acquired brain injuries, the group’s Trustees made the brave decision to invest in the XCentre as a permanent home for the charity.

The formal opening of this new building took place on Thursday 30th January and was attended by around 50 valued supporters including funders, local dignitaries and business people. The building was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Rachel Lyons. The event was also attended by Keiron Northcott and Tom Hayes from the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club, whose charity, the Exeter Foundation, is one of this project’s generous supporters, and John Lee, the High Sheriff of Devon.

Chief Executive, Anne Mattock, says: “We are thrilled to have moved to this magnificent building in central Exeter and we were delighted that Keiron, Tom, John and the Lord Mayor, as well as our many other distinguished guests were able to join us for this very special event. Headway Devon has come a long way in seventeen years, all the time supporting more and more people with brain injuries and their families and carers and this was a very special evening to celebrate this landmark event.

“Originally built in the 17th century as a wool-drying shed, the XCentre was converted around ten years ago into a state-of-the-art learning skills centre. This means that not only is this space exceptionally well-suited to the needs of our clients, but it is also a central part of the city’s history and heritage. As well as using the space to house our busy day centre for people with brain injuries in Exeter, this building has also become our admin hub and we are continuing to offer it’s large and airy spaces to other organisations and businesses to rent for training, conferences and events.

“Thanks to some very generous donations, we now have £66,000 left to raise before December 2014 to complete our purchase of the XCentre and make this dream of providing a permanent home for brain injury services in Devon a reality. With a range of fundraising events already in the pipeline, including a coffee morning on Saturday 15th February and our Zumba Party on Saturday 29th March, and the help of our wonderful supporters, we are confident that we will be able to meet this target and secure a brighter future for people with brain injuries in the local area.”