Just a few examples of what people have to say about us!

 

"My son, now aged 23, has an acquired brain injury from a car accident some 22 months ago, in Scotland. For the first 5 months I was living up there whilst he was critical, and in intensive care. When, thanks to the amazing skill and dedication of NHS Scotland, he moved to rehab, I came back home to Northamptonshire. Then with time to think, the reality of the situation kicked in and I found myself in a dark place. Desperate and confused, I turned to the lovely people at Headway, where I was made most welcome. I was offered counselling, practical advice, empathy and a deeper understanding of the situation. No punches were pulled, but this helped me face the reality and that there were lots of positive things I could do that would help me and my son.

 

I saw the wonderful work they do, both staff and volunteers, with the clients and made some very good friends. I was honoured (although somewhat daunted at first!) when they asked me and others to run the London marathon to help raise much needed funds for the charity. The winter training and blisters were all worth it as I managed to run my first ever marathon at such an iconic event.

 

My son is finally home after 20 months in hospital and I'm happy to say making slow but steady progress after such a life changing event for all of us. I can now look forward to him making more progress in the future, however long it takes, and his spirit is an inspiration to us all. I shall always be personally grateful to all at Headway East Northants and would fully recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation and are not sure who to turn to."

 

Will Palmer, marathon runner and father of a son with an ABI

 

 

"HEN is one of the most beneficial services anyone could ask for in the community. I can't express, or even put into words, how this charity can change someone's - or their family's -  life after the impact of a brain injury. Their up to date knowledge and empathy is second to none.

 

The valuable support they give to parents, families and carers by giving a voice to those with such hidden disabilities and advocating, when needed, other services and professionals is empowering, not only to families but more importantly to those who have been affected by brain injury. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is in need of guidance or support.

 

 

Personally, I would like to thank Jonny Tudor, deputy manager, for all that he has done for myself and my family."

 

Diane Gower, parent of an ABI-survivor

 

 

 

"I love volunteering at Headway East Northants, it's a real privilege. It is such a warm, friendly place to be, and the clients enjoy a huge variety of experiences"

Sylvia Newnham, Volunteer

 

 

 

“I was an engineer by trade and used to work in various schools in London, commuting each day. Later in my career, I joined a local engineering firm. I have always loved working with my hands – from engineering, to woodwork – you name it.

 

Then, back in October 2015, I was involved in an accident. Following an MRI scan, it emerged that I’d acquired a brain injury. However it took around two months for physical signs of the injury to begin to show. I felt shaken by the whole experience, and in February the following year, I made the decision to retire..

 

I later spotted an advert in the local paper for volunteers at the Headway East Northants centre in Irthlingborough and thought “Why not?” So I joined the team as a volunteer (and then later, as a trustee).

 

Why do I do it? It’s simple – I love it! To see the smiles on clients’ faces when they’ve achieved or made something, and to see everyone here so happy – it just makes everything worthwhile.”


Les Hurwood, trustee, volunteer and brain injury survivor

 

 

 

"My son comes here and he loves it. They have helped him so much - he has come on a lot. Thank you."

Val Gibson, parent of one of our clients

 

 

 

"I want to send huge thanks to everyone at Headway East Northants for the very special 'good luck' card. I felt quite emotional when reading it, and would love you to convey my thanks to everyone there. It will definitely help me with my last bits of training, and even more so on the day when I'll have time to reflect on what I am doing, and why.  Thank you for your continued support, and to everyone at Headway for being so kind."

 

Suzie Watts, 2018 Marathon runner, who later described her Marathon experience with us as "life-changing".

 

 

 

 

"Thank you very much fo the Team UPN Certificate that arrived the other day! It is taking pride of place on my office wall! It was great to be involved in Team HEN, the best marathon build-up and experience yet!"

 

Andrew Spencer, UPN Director and Marathon runner 

Latest News

Positive Blue Badge changes ahead for those with hidden disabilities

The Blue Badge scheme is currently being reviewed and plans are afoot to extend the Badge to those with less visible disabilities, such as brain injury.

 

The changes are described as the biggest being made in the scheme in almost 50 years and it's hoped that they will offer a lifeline to people with hidden disabilities who suffer from travel difficulties.

 

Changes will come into force on 30th August 2019. 

 

For full details, please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/review-of-blue-badge-fraud-as-scheme-is-extended-to-those-with-hidden-disabilities

 

FREE cinema tickets for companions of ABI survivors!

 

It's great to hear that brain injury survivors may be entitled to free cinema tickets for their companion, if they qualify for a CEA card - a national scheme developed by UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).

The card entitles the ABI survivor to ONE free ticket for a friend/loved one/carer to join them at the cinema to provide required support. Participating local cinemas include Kettering's Odeon, Corby's Savoy and Northampton's Vue and Cineworld!

To be granted a CEA card, a person needs to be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA), Personal Independent Payment (PIP), Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) or hold Sight Impaired Registration.

You can apply online for your CEA card by visiting  www.ceacard.co.uk - you'll need proof of eligibility, a photo, and payment of £6.

 

 

Fancy a challenge? Why not try the Northampton Half Marathon for HEN?

 

If you want to fulfill a personal challenge but find the idea of the London Marathon a bit too daunting, why not consider running the Northampton Half Marathon for Headway East Northants?

 

The Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 29th September. We've teamed up with 'Go Beyond Sport' who are managing the event - it's free to register and your only commitment is to raise a minimum of £100 for us.

 

For further details, and to register, please visit  http://gobeyondsport.co.uk/Northampton_Half_Marathon_2019_Run_for_Free