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Judith and Jeremy's Race...

Judith and Jeremy's Race to the King
We had the pleasure of meeting Judith Murray and Jeremy King this week and were thrilled to be able to show them round the unit, so they could see the projects we have funded from our past appeals and hear about our current...

Ella's Chop for Charity...

Ella's Chop for Charity
12 year old Ella Ashford is preparing to have her gorgeous blonde locks cut off in her fundraising efforts to support Smile4Wessex. This is her own way of thanking the brilliant team here at the Wessex Neurological Centre,...

Waitrose Community Matters

Waitrose Community Matters
If you shop at Waitrose you can nominate Smile4Wessex as your chosen local charity by completing the nomination form found at the Customer Services desk in store. Three good causes receive a share of £1,000...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open Day
Our long-awaited Neuro Open Day gave those attending a unique opportunity to see and learn about many of the amazing projects that Smile4Wessex has funded. Following a brief welcome and introduction, visitors were divided...

'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  

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febBRAINairy - Nick Ward reveals all!

Nick Ward had no hesitation in volunteering to have his head shaved for febBRAINairy, and was the first to brave the razor. But for Nick, it wasn't just a bald head that he'd be revealing, but something he'd never seen before - despite it having been there for over 45 years! We'll leave it to Nick to explain

"Exactly why did I shave my hair off on 1st February? Well, apart from wanting to support Smile4Wessex, I had never seen the scar left by life saving brain surgery back in 1971.

"I never forget that had The Wessex Neurological Centre’s surgeons not taken prompt action and operated I may well have died. It is as simple as that. It could have happened to anyone. Back then I was a just a 15 year old, strong and fit as a result of dinghy sailing and hockey. 

"The brain is complex, a delicate organ protected by an incredibly robust armoury. However, had it not been for the skills of Mr John Garfield and Glenn Neil-Dwyer who had the spunk and guts to drill five holes in my head, enabling them to remove damaged veins in my temporal parietal lobe, then I would not have gone on to recover, walk again, meet my wife, and enjoy the love of our two, wonderful children."

And as the before, during and after images above show, Nick's finally able to see the scar that bears witness to that surgery, and his newly bald pate is a sign of his latest fundraising effort in aid of the charity.

"I carry my scar with pride" adds Nick, and if you'd like to add your support you can do so by clicking HERE. Many thanks to Nick, and all those who are having their heads shaved for febBRAINairy.