23rd July, 2014
Founded in 1989, this year Headway Cambridgeshire celebrates its 25th Anniversary. To mark the occasion we held an Anniversary Party on the afternoon of Saturday 19 July 2014 at our Cambridge hub .With clients, we planned an outdoors event: a garden party and summer fete.
We invited everyone we knew: clients and their families, friends and carers, our neighbours and our supporters – all were welcome and we were delighted that so many people joined our celebration. Guests attended from across the county and beyond, including the Deputy Mayor & Mayoress of Wisbech Cllr David Hodgson and Mrs Judy Hodgson.
As the time of the party drew nearer, we kept a very close eye on the weather as there had been terrific thunderstorms in the days before the party, including that very morning. Then, as if on cue, the clouds parted and we were treated to the most perfect summer afternoon. To have the sun smiling on our event was especially welcome as our celebration included stalls and out-doors games, refreshments, a band and even a bouncy castle.
Guests enjoyed refreshments including tea & coffee and cake. There was a vast array of cakes on offer as well as a take-home cake sale. The BBQ serving sausages, burgers and side-salads was also very popular, with salads grown in our own garden by clients. On the lawn were a bric-a-brac and book stall, tombola and plant stall. Families enjoyed the games on the lawn including mini-football, catch-a-duck, throw-a-toad and other favourites.
As well as celebrating our first 25 years of helping adults with brain injury and their family and carers across the county of Cambridgeshire, we also wanted to remember a long-serving friend and volunteer. Maurice Reynolds had been one of the founders of Headway Cambridgeshire and served as a volunteer and friend for 24 years.
Sadly Maurice passed away in February 2014 but staff, trustees and clients wanted something permanent to remember him by. Headway Cambridgeshire’s clients were asked for suggestions and the most popular idea was a commemorative bench for clients to sit on and enjoy the garden. We obtained a beautiful teak bench with an engraved plaque.
We invited Maurice’s widow Margaret and his son Steven to help us commemorate Maurice as part of our anniversary celebration. Margaret and Steven both said a few words as Margaret cut a ribbon declaring the bench ‘open for sitting on’. Steven said it was particularly appropriate that a bench made of wood had been chosen by clients as Maurice had always had a woodworking project underway and frequently supported Headway clients with woodwork projects too.
After the commemoration the anniversary celebrations continued to the sound of live music from the Jackson Creek Band, which was enjoyed by everyone. Margaret and Steven were pleased that some of the clients made immediate use of the bench to sit and listen to the music.
We would like to say a very big thank you to all who came to the party: it really was wonderful to see so many clients and families enjoying themselves in the sunshine.
We also want to say thank you to all those volunteers and supporters who brought cakes and made lunch dishes and helped to make the party such a huge success. Thanks also to the Jackson Creek Band for their wonderful music.
“ The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me. ”