News | 11.06.2024 | By: Roxanne Thomas

A Day of Joy with The Flying Seagull Project at Headway Sussex!

Good morning,

We are thrilled to share that Friday, 31st May, was a day filled with joy, laughter, and unforgettable moments at Newick.

Our clients had the pleasure of experiencing the magic of The Flying Seagull Project, a dedicated team of clowns, musicians, artists, and performers.

These play and laughter specialists are committed to the belief that every person deserves a daily smile, and they truly brought that mission to life for our clients living with brain injuries.

Our clients absolutely loved the performances and activities. Here are some heartfelt testimonials from the day:

“The two performers were very talented and I really enjoyed the magic

show with the handkerchief”



“I thought the plate spinning was great fun and look forward to next time”


 “I enjoyed it”

-Rob H-

“It was great fun, the performers were excellent and very funny”



The Healing Power of Laughter

Laughter is more than just a joyful response; it has profound therapeutic benefits, especially for individuals recovering from brain injuries.

Here are a few ways laughter contributes to the healing process:

  1. Reduces Stress: Laughter reduces levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, which can be particularly beneficial for brain injury patients who often experience high levels of stress and anxiety.
  2. Improves Mood: It triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, promoting an overall sense of well-being and temporary pain relief.
  3. Enhances Cognitive Function: Engaging in laughter stimulates multiple regions of the brain, improving cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and creativity.
  4. Boosts Social Interaction: Group laughter fosters social bonding, which is crucial for emotional support and can enhance the quality of life for brain injury survivors by reducing feelings of isolation.
  5. Physical Benefits: Laughter increases blood flow and improves vascular function, which can be beneficial for overall brain health and recovery.

Our clients experienced these benefits firsthand, and their joy was palpable.

Thank you so much to The Flying Seagull Project for bringing joy and laughter to our community.

Your visit made a lasting impact, and we hope to welcome you back to Headway Sussex soon!

Kind Regards
Headway Sussex