Tracey Bowler, founder of Brainwave Independence Group: “In 2004, My son was in a road traffic accident, where he was ejected through the rear windscreen of a car.  He was in a coma for four months & spent the best part of year in hospital due to the extensive injuries he had sustained. My son is left with a severe brain injury, he is registered blind/severe partial sighted and has epilepsy.”

Over the last few years & the realization that there was no understanding, help or support for her son as his disabilities, mainly because they are hidden disabilities. Coming across so many other people in the same situation, which includes family members and friends, made it apparent that something had to be done in our society.

After getting together with a group of dedicated friends/people, we raised 5K to allow us to apply for our charity registration.  Working relentlessly in raising funds be asking for unwanted items from our community, which in turn allows us to sell things on social media, hold garage sales and have coffee mornings, events, raffles, tombola etc.

In 2017 we opened our first charity shop in Lowestoft, due to the tremendous support we receive from our community, none of this would have been possible without the help and support from individuals, community groups and the business sector that give their time and raise money to help us continue our life changing work.

While our charity is growing, we currently fund:

  • Trained support staff

  • Woodwork/craft shop

  • Placements at varied day/activity centers that are stimulating. And age appropriate to improve low self-esteem and self worth

  • Healthcare services like chiropody, dentists

  • Arrange meaningful days out

  • Purchase items that are specific to needs to improve a person’s lifestyle

Currently we raise funds by holding various events throughout the year like:

  • Annual fun day

  • Coffee mornings

  • Sponsored Bike Rides

  • Parachute jumps

  • Bag packing at local supermarkets

  • Xmas day swim



I don’t feel alone anymore, coming across this group of people that understand me, has given me the inspiration to carry on. I feel like I am a part of society again!

Craig Clark

Being a part of the charity & taking on the responsibility in counting and banking the monies we all raise, gives me a great sense of meaning in my life & feeling important as a person.

Leigh Ann

I have been given a new lease of life! My ideas are put into practice; I can now make things in the woodwork area despite being paralyzed on my right side. Making new friends & meeting people in the same position as me, is helping me to move forward with my life!

Steve, Your Content Goes Here

After having my RTA in 2004 being left registered blind/ severe partial sighted, having a brain injury and epilepsy, brainwave has given me hope that I have a future ahead as I am able to help make deliveries to people who are facing the same challenges as myself. I have been given a new lease of life and quite excited by the things that we are achieving with the charity and community. I love the social interaction as I can meet new people and help others along the way.

Dan, Your Content Goes Here