Your brain weighs about 3lbs (that's just under 1.5kg), and it has the texture of blancmange.


Your brain is connected to your spinal cord by the brain stem.


Behind your brain is the cerebellum. This part of the brain coordinates movement, posture, balance and speech.


60% of the brain is made up of fat. That's why a diet rich in 'healthy' fats like Omega 3 and 6 is so beneficial to brain performance.


The Cerebral Cortex is the largest part of your brain. It contains the frontal lobes, the motor cortex, sensory cortex and parietal lobes. These lobes process different types of sensory information. 


The brain is made up of around 100 billion nerve cells and even more support cells, which provide nourishment to the nerve cells.


Every time a new memory is formulated, new brain connections are made. 


When you're awake, the human brain can produce enough electricity to power a small lightbulb. 


The storage capacity of the human brain is almost limitless. 


If your brain were to be flattened out, its surface would cover four sheets of A4 paper.


To discover more facts about the brain please click here to be directed to Headway UK's  'About the Brain'. 








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London Marathon Information Evening, 11th February


We thoroughly enjoyed hosting our annual London Marathon Information Evening on Monday 11th February, and were proud to welcome a record number of runners!


The informal evening, held at our Irthlingborough centre, offered the chance for runners to take a look around our centre, meet fellow participants, and of course it was great opportunity for us to meet these amazing people in person! 


Guest speaker this year was Andrew Walker, himself an experienced London Marathon runner, and a member of Team HEN 2019. Andrew shared his knowledge and experiences, offering hints/tips about build-up to race day, nutrition, lasting the distance, and of course, recovery.


Huge thanks to all who attended!




New Year, New You? Come and be a volunteer!


Want to make a positive change for 2019? Then come and be part of our amazing team of volunteers!


Whether you have a spare day in the week, or even just an hour or two, visit our centre and meet our fantastic people. We have so much to offer those who've survived brain injury - maybe it could be YOU who helps someone re-learn a lost skill, or take on a new one.


For all volunteering enquiries, please call on 01933 652311 or email our deputy manager, Jonny Tudor, on