A charity lunch and bridge drive was held by the Kidderminster Bridge Club as part of their annual fundraising event, raising a total of £900, the highest amount ever raised by the club.
This year’s chosen charity was local organisation, Headway Worcestershire, a charity offering support and rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injuries resulted often after motorcycle or car accidents, a brain tumours or strokes.
The decision to support the Headway came when the members of the Kidderminster Bridge Club learned about the activities the staff and volunteers provide at the charity’s local day centre.
The money raised will go towards purchasing exercise equipment for the users of Headway, in order to provide a new activity at the day centres, on top of cooking, art and ceramics.
“We are very grateful for the generous donation that Kidderminster Bridge Club has made to Headway. We will use this donation to invest in sports equipment which will enable the clients to build on their personal fitness goals.”
“Having direct access to our own facilities will mean we can maximise the use and motivate each other to reach our full potential” said Lucy Paige, manager at the Kidderminster and Bromsgrove Day Opportunities Centres.
“We wish them all success with their cause.” “Most of our members come from Kidderminster and Bromsgrove and they loved feeling that they had been able to provide some support for their local communities”, confesses Brian Price, chairman of the KBC.
“With brain injuries on the rise and less and less support from the local authorities, we rely on the community to continue delivering services to people with brain injury, and it is always inspiring to see that our work has left such an impression on people”, adds Julia Protesaru, Fundraising Manager at Headway. “The Day Opp’s programme is continuously growing in popularity and the practical and social benefits of it have helped numerous clients regain skills that have been lost after their accidents or strokes. Special thanks go to bridge enthusiast Barbara Phillips who has introduced Headway to the members and made this possible.”
“We will be seeking expert advice to ensure the equipment we invest in is suitable and beneficial to all clients” adds Lucy.
Kidderminster Bridge Club was established in 1980 and is a thriving and lively club with over 100 members, mostly retired people. The club meets twice a week at St Cecilia’s Church in Hoo Road and every month the winners of the handicap donate £100 to their chosen charity.
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