Volunteer Dave flies high on the world's fastest zip wire!

Tuesday morning music volunteer, Dave, had the amazing experience of riding the world's fastest zip-wire ride during a recent break in Wales. 


Dave shot through Penrhyn Quarry at over 100mph, travelling around 1500 metres in a mind-boggling 90 seconds! 


"It was a close as you could get to flying", Dave tells us. "As soon as I got off, I wanted another go!"


Dave got chatting to a fellow rider at the quarry and told him about Headway East Northants and the work we do - the chap then put his hand in his pocket and donated £5 on the spot! So thank you to the mystery fellow adrenaline-junkie! 


Dave has now acquired the nickname 'Dangerous Dave' here at our centre - we wonder what he'll have planned next? Good to have you back on solid ground, Dave! 


Volunteer Wilson and client/volunteer Tim join the Headway East Northants Board of Trustees! 




We're absolutely delighted to announce Wilson Paterson and Tim Samples as new Trustees of the Board of Headway East Northants.


Tim is a client who attends our Irthlingborough centre, and Wilson is one of our volunteers who also has a loved one with acquired brain injury. Together, Wilson and Tim lead our weekly Peer Support Group. 


We felt that their combined personal experience of dealing with acquired brain injury makes them excellent representatives of our client, volunteer and family groups involved with HEN, and we're delighed that they've accepted our invitations.


Both Wilson and Tim bring valuable input to the Board and we're very proud indeed to welcome them as trustees.



Former manager, Jean Tudor, returns to HEN as a volunteer!



Everyone at Headway East Northants is absolutely delighted to welcome back former manager, Jean Tudor, who has become our newest volunteer! 


Jean, who retired back in May of 2018, joins us this January to lead our Tuesday morning cookery sessions. Clients, staff and fellow volunteers are thrilled to have Jean back at the centre, and her first cookery session with the gang was a fun and production morning, as you can see from the photos above, with clients supported and engaged throughout. Great to have you back, Jean! 



HEN bids a sad farewell to longstanding volunteer, Paula Davies 

Our coffee morning gave us the chance to say farewell to our amazing volunteer, Paula Davies, who has dedicated over 20 years volunteering at our centre and is now moving on to pastures new.


Paula has supported so many people over those years and been such a key member of the HEN team. From helping organise and attending countless events, driving the old minibus, trips out and even thinking nothing of putting together a daily two-course lunch for twenty people, Paula has quite simply always been here for each and every one of us and she will be dreadfully missed.



Paula - "thank you" hardly seems to cover it, but the difference you have made to so many lives has been immense.Thank you for showing us that there are people like you in the world.






Volunteer Dave's handmade reindeers a sell-out at Christmas! 



Volunteer Dave has kicked off the season in style, with his gorgeous handmade reindeer, all of which sold out at our coffee morning, so Dave will be busy back in our workshop putting together some more, such is demand! 


Each reindeer is unique and handcrafted from all natural materials. Here's Dave above (far right) picture with two of our clients (and a whole herd behind them, all of which have found new homes for Christmas already!).   

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An INCREDIBLE London Marathon 2019!

Team HEN were nothing short of phenomenal in this year's Virgin London Marathon! 


Each and every runner did an amazing job for us, battling on through shin splints, aches, pains and even lost toenails (OW!) to finish those 26.2 miles for us. We were bowled over by the efforts everyone went to, not only with the intensity of the physical training, but also their creative and imaginative ideas for fundraising, all on top of juggling work and family commitments. Each of them needs a superhero cape! 


So far we have raised over £45,000 and we're still counting! It's just amazing, and we will be able to continue enriching and supporting the lives of those managing ABI with this superb amount of money raised.


We will shortly be posting some great photos from this special event so watch this space! If you're interested in running for us next year - get in touch! 


Hats for Headway, Friday 24th May!


Next Friday 24th May is the national 'Hats for Headway' fundraising day, so if you are interested in helping raise a few pennies for our centre and spread awareness of our charity, why not encourage your friends and family to take part?!


Go as wild and wacky as you like - you could even design your own head gear, a la Philip Treacy!


If you take part - make sure you send us some photos! 


Thank you so much!  



'Life After Brain Injury' conference, 20th June 2019


This conference, arranged by ABIF Northants, will be held at Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering and will cover working/driving after brain injury, social benefits, and bringing young people together


Guest speakers will include experienced professionals and survivors who will share their personal journeys. 


To book, please visit 'Latest News' at http://www.abifnorthants.com to download and complete a booking form which can then be emailed to  julie.mallard@oakleafcare.com