Brain injury charity invites everyone to take part in sponsored walk from Bury St Edmunds to the Fornhams

Headway Suffolk, the brain injury association, is hosting a charity walk in September
Headway Suffolk, the brain injury association, is hosting a charity walk in September

A brain injury charity is hoping members of the public will put their best foot forward to help it raise vital funds next month.

Headway Suffolk, a charity that supports people with acquired brain injury and neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), dementia and stroke, is hosting a sponsored walk at 11am on September 5.

Participants completing the full six-mile course will start and finish at the charity’s West Suffolk neuro hub, opposite Asda in Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds, and embark on a picturesque journey through the three Fornhams (All Saints, St Genevieve and St Martin), passing four pubs where refreshments will be laid on especially.

Helen Fairweather, Headway’s CEO, said: “It doesn’t matter if people can only do a little, it’s disability friendly, and dogs are welcome too.”

Around 30 people have already signed up for the so called Fornhams 4 Pub Challenge but it is hoped that many more will commit to the event in the coming weeks.

Businesses are being encouraged to enter corporate teams while families and individuals are also invited to take part.

Headway’s clients are even getting involved and, for some, every step they take will be a ‘miraculous’ achievement.

Mrs Fairweather said: “For instance, we have one gentleman who’s not walked in 25 years and has taken his first steps so you can imagine walking just a few yards is going to be absolutely fantastic for him, and the reason he’s able to do that is because of the expert help our physiotherapists have given him.”

There is no registration fee, but participants are being asked to gain sponsorship where they can.

For more details, or to sign up, visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk or email davidcrane@headwaysuffolk.org.uk