New all-weather activity area for Headway East Sussex

The new activity area is opened by members of Haywards Heath Golf Club: Phil Keerie, former Men's Captain; Karen Keerie and Marion Bulley, former Women's Captain. Along with clients, staff and trustees from Headway East Sussex. Image © Hill Photographic

Haywards Heath Golf Club and its members have raised a staggering £32,000 for Headway East Sussex, the Newick-based brain injury charity.

Some of the money has gone towards creating a new, all-weather outside activity area for the charity. Members from the club along with clients, staff and trustees from the charity gathered at Headway East Sussex on Wednesday, 21 November for the official opening.

Phil Keerie, the former men’s captain at Haywards Heath Golf Club, said: “We really need to thank the members of Haywards Heath Golf Club. They work hard every year and raising £32,000, which is the most amount of money we have raised to date, is an amazing achievement. We are delighted to support Headway East Sussex and the important work they do in supporting the brain injury community across the county.

Claire Benson, Director of Rehabilitation and Reablement, said: “We would like to thank Haywards Heath Golf Club and all its members for their fantastic support. Our clients can now go outside all year round and play social games such as Walking Football and Boccia. They will also be able to practise Yoga and Tai Chi.”

The rest of the money will go towards sponsoring the gym for 2018 which has some of the very latest Technogym equipment, a THERA Trainer, parallel bars and TRX suspension training gear.

Claire Benson added: “Our personal trainers will use the gym and outdoor space to help clients improve their mobility. The equipment and activities really help our clients with their rehabilitation and reablement after brain injury.”
In East Sussex, there are 3000 new hospital admissions each year for brain injury and Headway East Sussex receives in excess of 150 new enquiries per year. Injuries to the brain are typically caused by strokes, tumours, accidents through sport or in the work place, road traffic accidents or by assault.