Brain Injury Charity Launches Raise the Roof Appeal to Fund Premises Roof Replacement

This week is Action for Brain Injury Week  and local charity Headway Thames Valley (HTV) will be launching its appeal ‘Raise the Roof’ to secure funding for a full roof replacement costing £25K  on their premises at Brunner Hall on Greys Road.

The charity, which has been based at Brunner Hall on Greys Road for over 15 years supports people living with a brain injury.

To run its services to full capacity, HTV needs to raise over £200k each year, so an additional and larger fundraising target of £25K on top of this is an added stress. With trust/grants being oversubscribed and local businesses feeling the effects of the cost-of-living crisis, it is proving to be difficult.

‘’We had a full building inspection carried out in 2020 at which time we were told our roof had another five to 10 years left on it. Unfortunately, that time has come quicker as there is a leak in the Art Supply Room which can’t be fixed due to the general state of disrepair of the roof,’’ said HTV General Manager Jamie Higgins.  ‘We need to act fast before the damage spreads making the situation worse potentially leaving no premises for an extended period from which to deliver vital services for our clients.’’

To date, HTV has managed to secure £5k from a local foundation for the full roof replacement still leaving another £20K urgently needed, which is proving difficult under the current funding climate.

Trustee Margaret Neal said; ‘’HTV is a ‘safe place’ and haven for our clients because there is no other local provisioning for people with brain injuries in the area.  This makes it even more imperative to ensure the roof at Brunner Hall is repaired asap so that there is minimal disruption to our clients and the services they attend.’’

Serving the South Oxfordshire and Berkshire communities for over 35 years now, HTV helps over 200 clients and their families/carers each year using various methods including art, music and exercise therapies, neuro rehab, living with brain injury course just to name a few.

HTV is the only charity in the area which provides such a specialist support service and strive to be part of the solution to the growing pressures facing local hospitals, GPs, and adult social care services. A key aspect of the support they provide and that differentiates them from other organisations and NHS services is that they do not charge clients for the services, it is not time-limited, and a client can remain with them for as long as they need.

Other activities HTV will be leading with the support of the local community during Action for Brain Injury Week include ‘Living with Brain Injury’ Art Exhibition at Reading University, Hats for Headway Thames Valley, and a movie screening of ‘The Rider’ at Wokingham Film Society on Thursday 23 May.

Members of the public are welcome to share pictures of their wackiest/favourite head gear with the #HatsforHeadwayThamesValley on social media or email them to qrahim@headwaythamesvalley.org.uk by Friday May 24 for chance to win prizes.

Tickets for the movie screening of ‘The Rider’ can be purchased using the link Wokingham Film Society event tickets from TicketSource.  The screening will be followed by a Q & A session session with HTV clients and staff.

Donations for the HTV ‘Raise the Roof’ appeal can be made using the charity’s Just Giving Page Headway Thames Valley – JustGiving quoting ‘Raise the Roof’ or feel free to contact Fundraising Manager Qudsia Rahim on qrahim@headwaythamesvalley.org.uk or 01491 411469

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