Natalie’s Hat Win

Natalie Corrigan
Natalie Corrigan

Natalie Corrigan was the winner of our Headway East Sussex “Hats for Headway” 2018 competition. Her wonderful Windsor Castle hat design celebrated the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

And the winner of Headway’s best individual photo prize…

Natalie enjoyed further success when she was selected as the winner for Headway’s best individual photo prize. She has won afternoon tea for two at The Dorchester Hotel in London, kindly donated by Conference Care.

Hats for Headway challenges people to wear a wacky hat and raise money and awareness of brain injury. The theme this year was the Royal Wedding or the World Cup Football.

Natalie’s story

In May 2016, doctors had been treating Natalie for neck and upper back pain when they decided to give her an MRI and discovered two benign brain tumours. By November one of the tumours had expanded and grown dangerously close to her optic nerve.

After having surgery to remove one of the tumours, Natalie was left struggling with comprehension, concentration, migraines, finding the right words and memory loss. Coming to Headway East Sussex has really helped Natalie.

I feel blessed to be here,” she said. “It’s perfect for me. I really feel the benefits of being surrounded by people I can relate to. There are times when I have cried with joy at being here. “It’s great to be with people who understand me. It’s a place where I can talk and have my voice heard. I’m never rushed or ignored and I can just be myself.”

Local press support for Headway East Sussex

Natalie’s story was covered in the local press. This is helping us to raise awareness about Headway East Sussex and brain injury within our local community.

The Argus

Crawley and Horley Observer

Mid Sussex Times

West Sussex County Times

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