Since re-opening after the pandemic, Headway Nottingham is at risk of closing down. The fantastic charity supports individuals who have sustained a brain injury and is also full of volunteers who have sustained a brain injury.

Our fantastic Divisional Director, Andi Williams (CMgr FCMI), is taking on the challenge of 9 hours of High-intensity Interval Training (HITT) at two local gyms to raise money for Headway Nottingham.

With a target of £1000, Andi’s JustGiving page can be found here.

Below, Andi talks about this fundraiser.

The Fundraiser

I’ll be completing an upcoming fundraising event that holds immense significance for the local community and myself personally. Headway Nottingham, a vital organisation providing support and rehabilitation for brain injury survivors, is at risk of closing its doors due to financial challenges. In response, we are rallying together to raise funds and ensure the continuation of their invaluable services.
Headway Nottingham has been a beacon of hope for individuals and families affected by brain injuries. They offer various services that empower survivors to rebuild their lives, including therapy, counselling, educational programs, and social initiatives. Their dedicated team has made a tangible difference in countless lives, fostering recovery, and promoting independence. Unfortunately, the financial strain caused by recent circumstances threatens to shut down this remarkable organisation.

Andi’s Personal Connection

On my 18th birthday, I went away with friends to Torquay. During this break a freak accident occurred which resulted in me ending up in a coma. I remained in a hospital in Hereford for some time, after having emergency surgery to remove a bleed on the brain. After this, I was transferred to Dudley Road in Birmingham and eventually discharged to a Headway service in Longbridge. Headway supported me during my rehabilitation and helped me recover from what was a serious accident, so Headway holds a special place for me.

That is part of the reason I enjoy working at Empowering U. We provide support and care to people who have suffered catastrophic injuries, ABI, and head injuries through our case management and our care delivery.

The Fundraising Plan

I’m gearing up for a mega-challenge that will require a lot of stamina. I’ll be completing HIIT classes at Orangetheory Fitness Nottingham & Derby.

9 hours of training and burning through around 6000 calories! (Just to give you an idea, that’s nearly double what I burned running an ultra-marathon on 26th November 2023!)

We’re also hosting a bake sale at our office in Pride Park, Derby. Shannon, our tremendous baker, will be creating some amazing cakes for the event and all the money we raise is going towards the fundraising target of £1000.