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Headway Suffolk charity gets boost towards its hub and housing centre fund

A scheme to create a new brain rehabilitation hub and housing centre in Suffolk has been boosted by some large donations.

Headway Suffolk has recently received anonymous donations of £10,000 and £5,000 plus two donations from carers of £1,000 each towards the £5 million cost.

The hub will be built in the Ravenswood area of Ipswich and include two housing units, each containing 12 bedrooms with en suite wet rooms plus lounge, dining room, kitchen, laundry room and staff room.

The design of how the Headway Suffolk housing hub will look (5493632)
The design of how the Headway Suffolk housing hub will look (5493632)

This will provide vital accommodation for people with neurological acquired conditions who need accommodation.

The Ipswich hub, once provided, will then make way for possible further residential accommodation in the west of the county.

Currently Headway Suffolk is in discussion over the possibility of a new rehabilitation hub in the multi million pound Western Way development, a new public services building set to open in 2023.

Headway Suffolk chief executive, Helen Fairweather, said: “We are hoping to be a part of that so we can give our Bury clients a new building.

“We want to be able to keep people in their community with the support that works for them.”

The Ipswich hub is the only residential offer for Headway’s clients and the charity is hoping more donations will help it reach its target.

People can donate bricks from 50p each while companies can have a room named after them for a donation of £66,000. Donations of more than £5,000 can be made through Suffolk Community Foundation.

The new hub will be named after Professor Stephen Hawking.

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