Lancaster and Morecambe brain injury group’s Halloween appeal

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay members.
Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay members.
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A brain injury group is promising a frightfully good night to raise vital funds for a minibus to help reach people in rural areas.

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay are holding many fundraisers to help raise awareness and cash for vital transport services, including Brushstrokes and Broomsticks this Halloween.

The charity 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.

Janet Staff, chairperson of Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay, said: “With more than 1,000 head injuries a year in the Lancaster and Morecambe area, we desperately need to raise awareness of the life-changing consequences of brain damage and that we are here and ready to help and support victims, families and friends.

“Because brain injuries change people in different ways, some are scared and it is very easy for them to lock themselves away in their home.

“We are here in the area, they don’t have to be alone.”

Their Halloween event aims to give as much information to residents as possible whilst also throwing a horribly good afternoon of fun on Sunday October 30 from 2pm.

Janet Staff said: “Our group is a lifeline for a lot of our members, but I feel we are only touching the surface, there are so many people out there in rural areas, who need us but can’t get to us.

“Many of our members catch lifts off one another and we are working with Lancaster City Council to see what we can plan for transport in the future.”

The event, at the Platform in Morecambe, will be headlined by award-winning artist, Kelly Stewart, with a display of her traditional and vibrant screen-print artwork.

There is a children’s drawing competition, fairy door workshop, gift, craft and cake stalls. There will also be a tombola, raffle and free pumpkins for the first 30 children.

A spooky afternoon tea (£5 adults and £2.50 under 12s) will be served and a coven of witches from the Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay Choir will perform.

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe Bay has 50 members and holds a monthly meeting at the Church of the Ascension Torrisholme, Vale of Lune Rugby Club and 3-1-5 Health Club. For more visit