Sunday, 20 June 2021

Singers perform concerts in aid of Headway

Henley Carol Singers

THE Henley Carol Singers have given eight concerts over the last month in aid of Headway Thames Valley.

They entertained guests at dinners and parties in and around Henley and sang at the family Christmas event at the River & Rowing Museum.

This group of friends, who are all members of local church choirs or the Henley Choral Society, has been singing together at Christmas time for the last 20 years and each year chooses to sing and collect for a local charity.

Headway Thames Valley is the charity for people with acquired brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries can result from car accidents or accidents at work, at home or through sport or leisure pursuits, while acquired brain injuries can be caused by medical conditions such as a stroke or viral infection.

Any one of us or members of our families could find ourselves having to face the life-changing consequences of such an injury.

Each injury is different and could affect our personality, behaviour, memory or our ability to think, speak or concentrate — any part of our brains could be affected.

Headway Thames Valley is a registered charity which supports anyone with an acquired brain injury throughout Berkshire and South Oxfordshire.

At any one time, it supports more than 100 people who either attend one of the sessions at the Brunner Hall day care centre in Greys Road, or are assisted through outreach programmes.

The charity’s services include physiotherapy and occupational, music and art therapy and all these depend on the rehabilitation plan that has been developed for each individual by one of the 11 highly qualified staff.

The charity receives some statutory funding but relies increasingly on fund-raising.

Henley Carol Singers raised £2,100 at their various Christmas concerts.

This money was presented to Headway Thames Valley at Brunner Hall by Judy Whittaker on behalf of the group. Richard Gilby, president of the charity, thanked all the “wonderful” singers.

He said: “We are so grateful to you all for choosing to support Headway Thames Valley this year.

“These are difficult times for charities like ours with support from statutory bodies previously provided being withdrawn or curtailed.

“In such times having your support in such an uplifting way through the medium of music is most welcome. Please convey our gratitude to all your fellow singers.”

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