Welcome to Get A-Head, the charity which works tirelessly to make life better for those suffering from head and neck diseases – particularly cancer – and those who care for them.

As well as funding vital research into the causes and treatments of head and neck conditions, we pay for education and training for health professionals working in the field as well as providing vital equipment and complementary therapies to make life better for patients whose lives have been damaged by these illnesses.

Any cancer diagnosis is tough, but when it affects the head and neck cancer can take more than your physical and emotional well-being – it can take the ability to speak, hear and see as well as take some of the facial features that make us who we are.

With your help, we can continue to improve lives and work to make head and neck disease a thing of the past.

Our Stories

Living with the long-term diagnosis of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
The family coping with loss after diagnosis of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
Dealing with the effects of Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) after receiving Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy treatment for Head & Neck Cancer
Living with the diagnosis of Laryngeal Cancer and the changes this brings
Diagnosed with a tumour in his nose, Peter tells of life after diagnosis
Diagnosed with a tumour in his nasal cavity, Andrew tells of life during and after surgery


Sharing information via lecturing on relevant courses, producing editorials and reviews in associated medical journals, assisting specialist training for nurses and other key personnel are all areas where Get A-Head can help.


Sometimes these developments are time-consuming and expensive. This is where we can help by funding specialist research fellowships into thyroid cancer and supporting the consumable costs.


Many of the larger, more specialised pieces of equipment just cannot be funded by the NHS, so this is where Get A-Head can help.

Our next event

Join us for one of our fundraising events

January 15, 2024
The challenge we have set ourselves is considerable. Our goal is to raise £250,000 for three incredible charities that are extremely close to our hearts. £250,000 is a very large number and therefore requires a very large challenge. That challenge is to row, unsupported, from Gran Canaria to Barbados in a boat that we have funded ourselves, to ensure all monies raised go to our charities. We envisage that the crossing will take us 50 days. 
April 21, 2024
The TCS London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet – since it began in 1981, participants have raised more than £1 billion for good causes. Why not add to this amazing figure by running the TCS London Marathon for us at Get A-Head? We have several places for the 2024 Marathon; please get in touch with us to find out more.


Get A-Head works to improve life for people with head and neck diseases, but we can’t do it without you!

There are plenty of ways you can help, from organising a coffee morning or running a half marathon to raising money to help us spread the word about what we do.

Run the London 2024 Marathon for Get A-Head – for more info, contact us by clicking here.

Just check the upcoming events page to find an event to get involved in, or contact us to discuss a volunteering idea of your own.


Keep up to date with the latest from Get A-Head

The Brightsides rowing team sets sail for the Canary Islands at the start of December as they enter the final stage of preparations.
Things are moving quickly for the Brightsides rowing team as they get ready for their cross-Atlantic row at the start of next year.
There’s a new face on the Brightsides rowing team – and she’s already making waves.
It’s been a busy few weeks for the Brightsides rowing team as the start of their extraordinary cross-Atlantic row nears.