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Headstart, a support group for Head and Neck Cancer patients in Kent and Sussex.


Headstart cancer charity

Sunny day in Medway

Here we all are in the Post Grad Centre on

Saturday 17th February in

Medway Hospital enjoying the very convivial atmosphere.

 It's time for the quiz answers to be read out. Now here we have Natalie,

the wonderful dietician from Medway and, she does not

have her glasses. It will all be fine.

And, of course it was.

More news very soon.



The next Headstart get-together


is on 27th April 2018 in

The Surgeons Mess, Queen Victoria Hospital in

East Grinstead at 10am.


All the dates for 2018's get-togethers are

available for download, viewing, or printing. Just click here.




These beautifully hand-quilted cushions were made by Linda,

one of Headstart's supporters, and kindly donated for the raffle.

Not only that Linda is going to make a complete quilt which

she will present to Headstart and then it will be the star prize

in a special Headstart raffle later this year.

There are a few more cushions to go to the next event in Queen Vic's

raffle on Friday  27th April (we might even have the quilt or a picture of it by then).

A little bit of sad news in case you have not already heard, our

lovely Jayne Goddard has left the Kent Oncolgy Centre to go

and work quite nearby for a Cancer Research company.

Her thoughts are still with Head & Neck Cancer patients and

although not high profile anymore in Maidstone Hospital anymore,

she is still with us. Headstart wishes you all the best in your new role,

it goes goes withoutout saying of course that Jayne will be

her brilliant shining self.

Do not fear, Jayne is still here with us, and huge thanks from

us all at Headstart.

There was a mad moment when a "Headstart Hug" was generated by

the convivial atmospher within the Post Grad Centre.

Might sound silly, but at the time it was a lovely thing to do,

here it is .............

This picture was taken by our lovely Natalie

So, until the next event, best wishes from Headstart, and keep well and healthy.




The raffle helps to pay for all the wonderful refreshments

so abundantly available. We are thinking of introducing

some participation from you all. As you know home baked

cakes and biscuits are just the best, if you like to bring something

along to the next meeting that would be wonderful. If there are

any left- overs they end up on the wards for patients

and sometimes for the nurses ... they deserve it



Our most recent pictures from 28/10.16 until 16.09.17 are

right here.

Click on the menu button

and select slideshow to flick through all the images.

Happy viewing!

All the pictures from many of our past meetings

are available to view and download look at via our photo album.

Just go to our

Home Page or click here

You will have to log in with our email address;


and the password is ........ headstart

Any problems email us at headstartnews@gmail.com



If this is the first time you have visited the Headstart website, then

we'd like to extend a very warm Welcome to you. This is the most 

friendly support group you could wish for.

On the surface this might seem like a jolly nice gathering,

which it is of course with tea and coffee and cake,

but Headstart also plays a vital role in the care for Head & Neck

cancer patients in Kent & Sussex to ensure they receive

the best possible care available.

We are so lucky here to have in this region,

the most amazing professional team

you could ever wish to have. Check them out here.


Donations to Headstart have made it possible to buy important

medical equipment to ensure that patients receive the

best possible treatment they can have.


Please send your contributions to;


Debbie Hannant,

Richard Watts Unit, Medway Maritime Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, KENT

ME7 5NY.


Please make cheques payable to HEADSTART.

          Unfortunately, Headstart does not qualify for Gift Aid donations.



HEADSTART is the success it is because of the wonderful

dedication from our caring professional nursing staff. They

give up so much of their own free time to ensure

that HEADSTART makes a difference to so many people.

Huge thanks, as always to;

Pauline Mortimer, Debbie Hannant and Jayne Goddard.

Need help or further information?
Please email headstartnews@gmail.com
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