Going Wild for Headway

Aug 14 2019 / By

ACFL’s intrepid team tackle freezing water, mine tunnels and zipwires as part of Headway’s Go Wild Challenge.

Every 90 seconds someone is admitted to a UK hospital with a brain injury. In our roles at A Chance for Life, we each see the devastation and the life-changing impact that brain injury has on the lives of survivors and their families. We are constantly in awe of the tenacity and resilience which enables survivors to adjust to a new, and often completely different, rich and fulfilling life for themselves and their families.

That’s why we support Headway, the brain injury charity. Through local corporate sponsorship, bake sales, a car-boot sale and individual sponsorship, the ACFL team has raised £3,000 for Headway’s first point of call services for individuals and families in crisis following a brain injury. These services include providing information, financial support and a listening ear.

Pushed to the limit
Headway’s Go Wild event was our biggest fundraising challenge yet. On 20 and 21 June, ACFL’s Sara, Janet, Nicola, Christine and Heather set off for Coniston, with tents and sleeping bags in their packs. Awaiting them was a 30-ft drop into freezing water, a zip wire hanging 200ft above the ground, scrambling, rock climbing, exploring pitch black mine tunnels and much more. The adventure pushed the team to their limits, but it was a hugely rewarding experience and there was great camaraderie and support within and between teams.

They’d certainly earned their BBQ at the end of the event, which was attended by the other 12 teams and Headway Ambassador and GB Paralympian, Jack Rutter, who spoke about his personal journey and experience of brain injury.

Jack’s words also put the two days in perspective. Two days of putting themselves far beyond their comfort zones was tough, but that only served to highlight how much more difficult it is to face brain injury, and to spend every day facing a succession of uphill struggles. And that’s why we continue to support Headway.

Thanks again to everyone who supported our incredibly successful fundraising campaign.

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