Quirky and colorful hats were fashioned to celebrate the work of Headway North Cumbria.

The vital charity, which is a dedicated branch of the national Headway Charity, works with people affected by brain injuries.

Hats for Headway takes place annually to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

"It went wonderfully as far as we are concerned. Everybody enjoyed it turning up with their teddies. It was really good," said volunteer Sheila Hadwin, who wore a colander for the day.

"It's just a celebration for us."

Hats for Headway took place during Action for Brain Injury Week at the New Waterton Hall, in Carlisle, and about 25 members turned out to support it.

This year they brought along teddies and other soft toys, who were also sporting a range of hats. None were judged but simply worn for fun.

Sheila used to volunteer at a toddler group at her local church, but had heard about Headway and wanted to get involved.

She and her husband Phil helped one man who wanted to learn to drive.

They spent two years - two days a week - with him working towards his theory test.

"There is such a lot to learn," she said. "One thing I've found is that if members are talking to one another it's often a time to just leave them to it, because I can empathise but I haven't experienced what they have experienced.

"I'm constantly challenged by the attitudes. People are just so buoyant.

"I go home and I think 'don't ever complain about your lot'."

Headway North Cumbria helps about 50 service users with tasks such accessing appropriate accommodation, social outlets, and productive activity.

Support, guidance and information is available at every stage.

Activities take place every Monday at the New Waterton Hall day centre and there are frequent outings and events, as well as talks and presentations.