Michael comments: "Having suffered a bleed on the brain in 2013, I underwent therapy at the Colman Hospital. It was there that I noticed some Artwork on the walls and found out it had been supplied by Headway Norfolk and Waveney, a charity supporting people affected by brain injury and stroke. After an assessment with them, we decided that I would benefit from some cognitive and art therapy.
“Karen who runs the art group at Headway, welcomed me into the group, stating; there are no rules here, feel free to express yourself. This I duly did and it all began with a pineapple, which was my first venture into collage work. My style of mixed media, collage work is constantly evolving, which is very exciting. Belonging to Headway has definitely changed my life and I am now volunteering for them too."
Michael’s comments are featured on the inside of the Christmas card, which was printed locally by Pippa Redmond at Norwich Print Solutions.
Amy Beck, Hatch Brenner Business Development and Marketing Manager added: “We are so thrilled with the final artwork Michael produced for us. We hope that this Christmas card helps raise awareness of the vital work of Headway Norfolk and Waveney in the local community. Their support is a lifeline for those who have suffered an acquired brain injury and their families.”
Laura Jones, Chief Executive of Headway Norfolk and Waveney also commented: “We’d like to extend our thanks to Hatch Brenner for giving us and Michael the opportunity to create their Christmas card design for 2020. This year has been exceptionally tough for us as a charity as well as our clients in the community. Without our usual calendar of face to face events including coffee mornings and art therapy sessions, many have struggled with feelings of isolation and depression. Whilst we are able to adapt within the pandemic guidelines, we are all looking forward to the prospect of brighter times ahead. The collaboration with Hatch Brenner has been an amazing positive focus for us and Michael, and helps to spread awareness of our work within the business community and further afield.”