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Funding boost for Major Trauma Patients Support Service

imageMajor trauma patients at Royal Preston Hospital will continue to be supported by voluntary non-clinical service Headway Central Lancashire for the next four years after the local charity received £170,000 in National Lottery Funding.

The Major Trauma Patients Support Service began in 2020 and has so far helped 6,470 patients and their families going through the upheaval caused by a life-changing injury, offering help at the bedside with welfare benefits claims, access to free legal information and support with employment issues.

The funding will be used to provide daily support for another four years, helping more than 2,000 patients per year.

Liz Bamber, Manager at Headway Central Lancashire, has led the charity since the outset after her eldest son sustained a severe traumatic brain injury through a road traffic collision.

She realised from her own family’s experience that the community was struggling to provide support to local families when they needed it the most.

Liz said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has decided to continue supporting our work. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to continue our service to patients and help them overcome practical problems after a major trauma injury, including brain injury. This funding will make a huge difference and is vital because it helps families to deal with a sudden change to their lives. The service is available to patients and their families as soon as they need it, and most issues can be dealt with before they are discharged from hospital.”

Karen Haworth, Major Trauma Service Manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “We are thrilled that Headway Preston and Chorley has received funding to expand and continue what is a fantastic source of support. The lives of the patients and their loved ones using this service have often changed dramatically and rapidly, and this daily service means there will always be help, support and advice whenever they need it. We are extremely grateful to the team and all that they do for our community.”

Headway Central Lancashire was formed in 2010 and has been supporting local adults through their voluntary hospital service and community sessions for the past 13 years.

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Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

Preston Road



01257 261222

Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane




01772 716565

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