Christmas 35

Christmas 35

Welcome to the Headway Essex Christmas 35 Campaign, celebrating 35 years of supporting adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families in Essex. This is not quite how Headway Essex intended to spend its 35th year. This is why we are calling on our community to support us as a charity this Christmas.

Our services are needed now, more than ever, as we continue to support our clients and their families at this most trying of times. Living with an ABI is hard, but during a pandemic, it is even more complicated. Simple tasks such as shopping and getting prescriptions become major challenges. In addition, the loneliness and isolation is even harder for someone with a brain injury to cope with.

We need help this Christmas, more than ever

The pandemic is having a direct impact on our ability to raise funds. It costs us nearly £500,000 a year to provide support in the community and to keep our day services running. But our usual Christmas fundraising activities are unable to go ahead. We cannot bag pack at M&S, hold our annual Christmas dinner, or run our Santa’s Grotto.

How you could help

In the lead-up to Christmas 2020, we are inviting you to share your stories of how Headway Essex has helped you with the view to inspire and encourage people to donate.

To mark our 35th year in a more positive light, we are asking our supporters to either raise or donate £35 to Headway Essex.

We realise that times have been hard for many people this year, but if you can help, your campaign presence will help gift our Headway Essex community there tomorrow.

If you’re unable to donate, there are other ways you can help by fundraising, for example:

  • Give something up during the campaign (coffee/tea/sugar etc.) and donate the money saved
  • Ask family and friends for donations to Headway Essex instead of Christmas presents
  • Take on a walking/running/cycling challenge and raise sponsorship

For more fundraising ideas for this years campaign, download our Christmas 35 Fundraising Guide

A special keepsake from David Tennant

To show our appreciation, the first 250 people who raise £35 (or more) will receive a special thank you by way of a card signed by our Patron, David Tennant.

Please be aware that Headway Essex will not be able to send a signed David Tennant card to supporters who have not supplied a postal or email address during the donation process. If you have donated £35 or more anonymously or haven’t supplied your contact details, please get in touch by emailing with your donation reference number, full name, and address.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your fundraising page or click donate at to help us reach our target of £5,000.

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