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New home on horizon for charity
Patients at the Headway centre
Headway cares for brain injury sufferers and their families
A brain injury charity which has lost its home of 14 years hopes to have a contract for a new base signed and sealed in the next few weeks.

The Tunbridge Wells branch of Headway had to move out of its rehabilitation centre at Pembury Hospital because of redevelopment at the site.

But the NHS trust has offered it an option to buy new premises in the town.

In the meantime, the charity will move to a temporary base at Tonbridge Angels FC's football ground in the New Year.

Longmead Stadium will be Headway's home from 2 January until it can move into a house it plans to convert in Culverden Park.

'Doom and gloom'

The charity held its final sessions at Pembury Hospital on Thursday.

It was issued with an eviction notice in November 2005.

"It was very doom and gloom, but now we've got no reason to think we aren't going to sign a contract [for the new house] in the next few weeks," said Judy Horwood, chair of the branch.

The Culverden Park property will get a new lift installed, as well as a specially adapted garden, workshop and activity area.

Compaid, a charity for disabled people, also lost its base at Pembury Hospital but has managed to find temporary accommodation in Sevenoaks, Brenchley and Tunbridge Wells.


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