20 in 20

We’ve achieved some incredible things over the last 20 years. We’ve grown significantly and have reached a point where all of our services have a waiting list of people who need support. To continue doing this each year we have to raise in the region of  £200,000 through charitable fundraising: this includes people completing challenges, making and selling, hosting events, grant funding and corporate sponsorship.

This March we’ve set ourselves a Big Challenge: to raise £20,000 in just 20 days (for 20 years). Why?

In a nutshell, Headway East London currently runs its services at a deficit: to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the services we offer we have to spend more money than we earn through fees.

How will we do it? This is where our supporters come in. 

Whilst we’re busy writing grant applications and organising celebration events to mark our big day, we are putting a call out to individuals, organisations and community groups to join us on this quest from 4th March and smash our target!


Raising £20,000 (in 20 days) is no small feat, we know this. That’s why we’ve thought up a number of different ways to help us reach that total and celebrate our birthday in style.

Fundraising events & challenges

This is where we’re sending out a call out to you. We’re looking for as many people as possible to help us raise a few ££ through any means possible – maybe you’re looking to try your first run? We’ve lined up a few events (including a fun 5k obstacle course at the Olympic Park!) for you to take a look at. Maybe you’re not the sporting type: in that case we’ve put together a full A-Z of options for you to try out – from sponsored silences to birthday bake sales! If you have an idea not currently on the list we’d love to hear it too – please email us on support-us@headwayeastlondon.org

Headway Feast London: Fundraising Gala Event – 15th March

We believe if you’re going to celebrate your birthday, you have to do it in style. This gala fundraiser event featuring a 3-course meal, artwork mementos, drinks and evening entertainment will all be delivered in collaboration with our supremely talented team of members, all of whom attend our day service and have creative interests and talents they are ready to share. This event has been kindly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.

The Big Birthday Bash – 24th March

To close out our 20 days, we are opening up our centre to the public for a big party! Running from 1-7pm, visitors can experience the sessions and activities we offer at Headway, enjoy some home-cooked grub and see a few special performances. It will be a chance for members, families and supporters alike to share in  a very special celebration;to see just how far we have come in the last two decades.