Afternoon tea in aid of a local head injury charity

Tea Party Master Poster smlA Lancaster and Morecambe head injury charity is hoping the English pastime of traditional afternoon tea will boost its funds and highlight is fantastic work in the community.

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay is holding a traditional tea party at Ashton Memorial on Sunday October 25 from 2pm. Sponsored by Birchall Blackburn Law, the popular annual event is set to be bigger than ever.

As well has serving traditional afternoon teas, there is a ‘Christmas is coming’ gift fair, tombola, raffle, lucky dip, flower, jewellery and make-up stalls, with special entry to the butterfly house and petting zoo, face painting and hot dogs for the kids.

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay is a support and self-help group for those affected by any aspect of brain injury, and their families, friends, carers and associated medical professionals. The group provides practical and emotional support as well as a vibrant social environment with activities and exercise.

Janet Staff, interim chairperson of Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay, says:

Our vintage tea party is a chance to raise vital funds for our work and highlight that we exist! There are more than 1,000 head injuries a year in the Lancaster and Morecambe area but we only see 35 people in our group. We want to help a lot more people and, as we all know, a good gossip over a cup of tea is the best ways to spread the word.

The group is also holding an ‘open day’ on Tuesday, November 3, from 11am to 2pm in 3-1-5 Health Club, Mannin Way, Caton Road in Lancaster, with Headway Blackpool. It is a chance to meet group members, ask about everything the groups do, and see them in training for the Headway North West Triathlon on November 7.

Headway also works to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and campaigns to reduce the incidence of head injuries through education, promoting the use of cycling helmets, reducing car speeds and improving road safety.

Dianne Yates, Partner and Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury for Birchall Blackburn Law, says:

We’re delighted to sponsor the tea party event, but it’s not just because we like a good brew and cake. We want people to know about the incredible work that Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay does in this area for vulnerable and isolated people with life changing head injuries. We know exactly how important Headway is to our clients but at the moment Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay is one of the region’s best kept secrets.”

For tickets to Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay’s elegant Tea Party on October 25 at Ashton Memorial Hall, contact Janet Staff on 07507 562 214 or email janetlstaff@googlemail.com – or just come along on the day and enjoy!

Alternatively, to learn more about the group drop into the ‘open day’ at 3-1-5 Health Club, Mannin Way, Caton Road in Lancaster on November 3.

For more information about Headway go to www.headway.org.uk or call 0808 800 2244.