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


Headstart cancer charity

About Headstart (donations and what we do.)



What is Headstart?

Headstart is a support group for head and neck cancer patients and their carers, families and friends.


What is Headstart hoping to achieve?


Headstart provides an environment for people to come along and share experiences, meetings are held every two months. We have talks from professionals and patients on different topics; for example, a patient's experience of having had head and neck cancer, complementary therapy, eating and drinking issues, what is currently happening in the Cancer Network pertinent to head and neck cancer.

We provide wonderful refreshments at our meetings, we all take part in a quiz, and a raffle is held with wonderful prizes. The events are held in the Kent Oncology Centre, Maidstone Hospital, The Surgeon's Mess, Queen Victoria Hospital, and the Post Grad Centre in Medway Hospital.


When was Headstart formed, and by whom?


Headstart was formed in November 1997 by Jo Kerr, Macmillan Head and Neck CNS, Maxillofacial Unit, who now works in the Royal Sussex County Hospital started Headstart with her colleague Brooke Quinteros, Specialist Adult Speech and Language Therapist, since retired.

Numbers have swelled during this time, and you can download our database

form here if you like to receive information about our forthcoming events. Just print it out and fill it in or email us at headstartnews@gmail.com

Quite recently some newspaper cuttings of the very time of

Headstart's beginnings where sent to us. They are old newspaper

articles which have been photocopied and so the quality is rather poor.

They are available here to download, view or print. We think they are

a nostalgic look back into our past, happy reading.


What does Headstart do?


Here are just a couple of recent examples of what Headstart is doing

in the background. Some essential equipment has been purchased

for Laryngectomy and Tracheostomy patients, in particular, a fully working model were nurses can explain in detail how their voice box works.

We have also purchased suction machines and nebulisers which enable patients to leave hospital earlier. This is better for them and it also frees up bed space. this equipment has cost many thousands of

pounds, but we feel it is important to help patients in Kent & Sussex.

Take a look at some of our recent purchases to help Head & Neck cancer patients. Click here to see purchases.

Headstart is a wonderful resource in Kent & Sussex for ALL Head & Neck Cancer Patients, their families and their carers. A big thank you to those who have already helped. By turning up at Headstart you will see how welcoming the atmosphere is.



Donations enable us to keep providing these resources, vital medical equipment to meet the needs of patients and their families and carers for their future well-being. Please send your donations to;

Debbie Hannant, Richard Watts Unit, Medway Maritime Hostpital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, KENT ME 7 5NY.


If you would like to make a donation, big or small please contact us at our email address below or send it directly to Debbie Hannant at the above address. You can if you wish just donate your contribution to Jayne Goddard, Pauline Mortimer, and Debbie Hannant, at your next clinic visit, or to anycommittee member at any of our meetings.

Please make your cheque payable to


Our apologies, but HEADSTART is unable to accept

Gift Aid donations.

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