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January 2016


Charity marathon runner seeks kindly stranger who thrust £40 into his hand

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July 2015


Rushden Party in the Park



Here we are at Rushden Party in the Park.  It was a lovely sunny day!


Thank you to Abbie, Joan, Lucy and Paula for setting up on the day.  Thanks also to everyone involved with making the items for our stall. 


June 2015


Slim & Fit Awards Evening


We were pleased to be selected by Slim & Fit to be their charity of  year.  


Jean and Claire were presented with a cheque for £143.00 at the Slim & Fit awards evening on 1 June.


Thanks to Tracey Amis for organising the events and to the members for their support.

London Marathon


26 April 2015



TEAM HEN 2016 


David Abbey, Cally Berkshire, Thomas Bolton, Mark Buckby, Linda Cottingham, Claud Fratangelo, Steve Fuller, Kelly Hebden, Joanne James, Julieanne Jones, Sophie Leaning, Mark Leggatt, Hannah Noble, Lorraine Organ, Nick Owen, Josie Pickering, Penny Roberts, Hannah Rowley, Helen Scott-Evans, Purmpal Singh-Taggar, Sophie Townsend, Kerry Venn, Will Wiles, Louise Woollacott, Kevin Wright


TEAM HEN 2016 - a fantastic bunch of hardworking, committed runners.  


It was a pleasure to support you all - well done on your amazing achievement!



March 2015


Higham Breakaway Club - 5/3/15


Jean and Claire were delighted to be invited to the Higham Breakaway Club's 20th birthday celebration and would like to thank them for their kind £200 donation.




Northants Telegraph - 19/3/15


In February 2003, Anthony Beirnes, fell 10ft from the back of a lorry and spent three and a half weeks in hospital.  As part of his rehabilitation, Anthony spent time at Headway East Northants.


Anthony said the relaxed atmosphere alongside structured programmes offered by Headway to aid recovery made all the difference to him.  


He said "Eight months here was better than twenty years at home for me...  If Headway wasn't here, who knows where people would go and what their recovery would be."


Anthony attends the new Testament Church of God in Northampton and the church's men's department decided to raise money for charities suggested by members.  Anthony suggested Headway East Northants and a guess the weight of the cake competition raised £210 for the charity.


Ali's Abseil- Saturday 16th August 2014

I'm Ali, a second year midwifery student, currently studying in London but my home town is Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Before I went to university I did an apprenticeship and continued to work at Headway East Northants, a small local branch of a charity dedicated to helping and rehabilitating sufferers of all varieties of brain injuries. 


The clients of Headway East Northants are extremely special people and rely heavily on the services that the charity provide. All the money raised from this abseil will go to the charity to enable them to continue doing the excellent work they do, Art rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, respite for carers and relatives, and connections to outside agencies that would be inaccessible without Headway East Northants. 


So I completed the 418ft abseil on Saturday 16th August 2014 and I was absolutely terrified and shaking so much and so scared of falling but I did it!! And I'm so grateful for everyone one of my doners as I definitely couldn't have done it without your support!! 

Thank you to all my supporters

Total amount raised – watch this space!



Jersey Introduces Cycle Helmet Law


On Thursday 17th July, States of Jersey passed a law making it compulsory for children on the island to wear helmets while cycling. It is the first law of its kind to be passed in any jurisdiction in the British Isles.


"Headway will continue to put pressure on other jurisdictions in the UK to follow suit as we believe all children in the UK deserve the same protection as children in Jersey and numerous other nations across the world where similar laws have proved effective in reducing head and brain injuries without detriment to cycling populations" Headway UK.


To read the full press release from Headway UK click here.


May 2014

Moonbeams raise £1073.10 for Headway East Northants


On 17 May Moonbeams held a Holistic Wellbeing Day at Tithe Barn, Wellingborough in support of Headway East Northants. The day was a lovely day. Not only did the sun shine, but the day brought together lovely people, had a warm atmosphere and was supported generously by the local community.


The money raised by the event was £1073.10. Quite amazing.


Headway East Northants would like to say thank you to all those who supported the event and made it the success it was. To the therapists - The Jewel of Inner Healing, “thegardenroom”, Sensory Holistics, Stardust Reiki, Healing Heaven, Heart-to-Heart Healing, Earthdance (Sacred Sounds) and The Field of Healing (Labyrinth) and Chloe, who gave their time for free and so generously; to those who also gave their time freely to run the reception and raffle; to those who donated raffle prizes; to the stallholders for supporting the event by offering wellbeing items for sale and donating prizes for the raffle; to those who baked cakes; to those who sold cakes and refreshments and to those who came along and enjoyed a treatment.


Our biggest thank you is reserved for Barbara Wingrove of Moonbeams who worked tirelessly and gave her time so willingly in support of Headway East Northants. For that we will always be grateful


I now hand over to Barbara


“What an amazing day!!!  First of all I would also like to express my thanks to everyone as above. Days like these wouldn’t happen without the loving generosity and support everyone gave.


I am so happy that the day raised almost £1100 for Headway East Northants (HEN). I feel very privileged to have been involved with HEN for a few years now, and having delivered two of Moonbeams’ Wellbeing Programmes with HEN’s clients, I felt inspired to support them further, which resulted in this wonderful event in May.  The event was supported by my husband Darren – one of the excellent Receptionists on the day - who also feels very strongly about fundraising for HEN to help them continue to provide a wonderful service to those affected by ABI.


It was so lovely to see children enjoying the Labyrinth and Sounds during the event, and great to hear the wonderful feedback from everyone on the day and for some time afterwards too!!!  The therapies offered were very well received and enjoyed, enhanced by the healing sounds from Earthdance.


Thank you once again to everyone for their generosity of time and spirit and love and very best wishes to everyone at Headway East Northants – Barbara x”


For more information about Moonbeams please visit:

Alternatively you can contact Barbara on mobile 07969 590430 or e-mail Barbara

April 2014

London Marathon 2014- Great Success!


On Sunday 13th April 2014, David Abbey, Naomi Harte, Shane Hill, Daniel Geeson, Gillian Geeson, Paul Kershaw, Joanne Hover, Richard Morris, Shane Sharkey, James Marshall, Sam Rayner, Piers O'riordan, Stephan Mason, Jill Caughey, Gemma Bellwood, Andrew McCarthy and Jameson Scott, successfully completed the Virgin Money London Marathon, a whole 26.2 miles!!


They should all be incredibly proud of this achievement.


From everyone at Headway East Northants, we cannot begin to thank them enough for their tremendous fundraising and training efforts! 

March 2014

Councillor Support – Thank you


Headway East Northants would like to say a big thank you to Councillor Sylvia Hobbs for her kind donation of £200.00 through the East Northamptonshire Council Member Empowerment Fund. The donation will enable Headway East Northants to develop its idea for a 2015 calendar by supporting the transport needs out to local locations. Sue Stevenson would also like to add a special personal thank you to Councillor Sylvia Hobbs for all the support she has given during 2013 and since. She said “It has made a real difference to my experience as Fundraiser here at Headway East Northants. Thank you”


Headway East Northants would also like to say thank you to Councillor Heather Smith and Councillor Sylvia Hughes for their kind donations through the Empowering Councillors & Communities Scheme. Councillor Heather Smith has agreed to donate £325.00 to support the launch of a satellite service in Oundle and Councillor Sylvia Hughes has agreed to donate £200.00 to enable the new art journaling and art therapy sessions. Here at Headway East Northants we are excited about both, with updates to be featured in future editions of our newsletter.

February 2014

Care Company Donates Cash to Local Charity 


The team at local at-home care company Home Instead Senior Care based in Higham Ferrers, was delighted to present a cheque for £650 on 22 January 2014 to local charity Headway East Northants.


The funds were raised by various caregivers and staff members from Home Instead and were the result of a number of events organised by the company over the past few months. The team are hoping that the money will go some way in supporting people living with acquired brain injury.


Owners Mark and Rosina Darnell, whose company provides care to older people in their own homes, were keen to raise money for the charity which actually supports some of their clients.


Rosina commented,

“We were delighted to be able to raise money for Headway East Northants. It’s a charity that’s extremely close to our hearts as it has helped a number of our clients in the past and due to the generosity of the local community we managed to raise £650 which will go towards the great work they do.


“We would like to thank everyone who donated, as well as all of our staff who generously gave up their own time in order to raise a significant amount for such a worthy cause.”


From Headway East Northants to Home Instead – Thank you so very much.  

Morning Cake Stall at IPSL


"I would like to say Thank you to Josie Pickering of IPSL for her kind invitation to hold a morning cake stall at IPSL. On 11 February, with help from Josie, I raised £191.90 for Headway East Northants. Thank you so much to Josie for giving up your time to support me (and of course for the cups of tea) and to all the staff at iPSL who bought cakes on the day. I had a lovely time". 


Sue Stevenson, Fundraiser at Headway East Northants, 

Higham Freemasons support Local Charity


Because of the generosity of our supporters during 2013, Headway East Northants has been able to transform our Activity Centre from a tired and worn environment to a clean and fresh place to be. The charity has also introduced a new community integration service which means we are now able to support people in their own homes as well as providing support in the Centre.


We would love to see further improvements into 2014. And so how pleased were we when we were contacted by Freemason Worshipful Brother Neil Arrowsmith of Higham Lodge 8486 who meet at the Masonic Hall in Rushden.  


During Neil’s year in office as Master of the Lodge he, along with his wife Catherine, decided to choose Headway East Northants as their favoured charity and raised money for us.  The reason they chose us was because of their connections with people with brain injuries.


Neil said:

“We wanted to support a deserving local charity whose aims are close to our hearts.  We raised £3000 and our Provincial Grand Charity very generously added £2000 to bring the total to £5000.”


On 13 December 2013 Neil and his wife Catherine came to Headway East Northants and presented a cheque in the sum of £5000.00. What an amazing amount of money. What a lovely surprise Christmas present.


Dawn, Services Manager at Headway East Northants said:

“It is only with the kindness of our supporters that we are able to continue to provide a quality service for our clients as well as make enhancements to that service. We cannot thank Neil and the members of the Higham Lodge enough for this kind and very generous donation. We can now start planning for 2014.”

Headway UK support the BBC


Headway UK have contributed to another article on the BBC Website. Its aim is try to raise awareness of the realities of waking from a coma and the fact that it can mean beginning of a long and arduos journey to recovery. They also put across the message of hope that there can be life after brain injury.


To read the full article please  click here


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