How donations help our centre and clients

If you are interested in donating to our Centre, please get in touch! You can call on 01933 652311 or email




HEN receives a cheque for £675 thanks to Bridge Club fundraiser at Wellingborough Golf Club!

We were thrilled to receive a cheque for £675.00 from Anne Evans of Wellingborough Bridge Club, who kindly arranged a Bridge Drive at the club to raise funds for us! 



The event was a great success and we are so grateful to all of those who participated and donated. The other exciting news is that thanks to a contact of Anne's at Barclays, we are able to have that £675 match-funded, resulting in a total donation  of £1,350! What a fantastic amount of money for our Irthlingborough centre!



Donation of air-dry clay for our art department thanks to Hobbycraft, Rushden Lakes!


Thanks to our recent dip into the waters of Twitter, we've been 'tweeting' with Hobbycraft at Rushden Lakes, who have kindly donated a whopping 12kg of air-dry clay to our centre for our clients to use during their art and craft sessions! 



Becky visited the store and met with the manager, telling him about our charity and how this great donation will be put to good use (and for a while to come too, in that sort of quantity!). Huge thanks to Rushden Lakes Hobbycraft!  


Wonderful donation of £200 from the Higham Breakaway Club!

Becky was delighted to meet with the ladies of the Higham Breakaway Club on the 7th March and accept a cheque for a wonderful donation of £200! 

The ladies have been busy raising funds for us through various events like raffles, bake sales and beetle drives, as well as supporting other charities including Cruise Bereavement Counselling, Multiple Sclerosis and the Warwickshire-Northamptonshire Air Ambulance service. 

As always, we are incredibly grateful for all of the efforts made by the Higham Breakaway Club and their support is much valued here at our Centre!


East Northants Councillor, Roger Powell, donates £790 to Headway East Northants!

We are absolutely thrilled to have received an Empowerment Fund of £790.00 from East Northants Councillor, Roger Powell - an incredibly generous donation to our centre! 



Councillor Powell knew of our work via Irthlingborough Town Council and got in touch to see how he could help. We then got together to talk with our clients about their ideas and suggestions to further boost our centre and its activities. 


Thanks to Councillor Powell's fantastic donation, we have been able to order brand new Lego and Meccano modelling kits, puzzle mats, DVD's and high quality art supplies, as you can from the photos above! 


One client was also very keen to see if a karaoke machine could be added to our shopping list - which it could! 


We sincerely thank Councillor Powell for his kind donation, which will go a long way in enriching and supporting the lives of those with acquired brain injury at our centre. 



Neals Yard rep and HEN supporter donating all sales commission to Headway East Northants!



HEN supporter, Claire Bartlett, has become a representative for the luxurious, organic skin, bath and bodycare product group, Neal's Yard, and has kindly decided to donate all sales commission to us here at Headway East Northants! 



Claire, whose husband, Nigel, ran the London Marathon for us, has done this purely to fundraise. She's also joined an internal network called 'Can Do' at her workplace, to help raise awareness of brain injury, and generally spread the HEN love! 



If you'd like to check out the range and make a purchase (and raise money for us while you do it!), please visit Claire's direct website, which is



Christmas spirit arrives early at HEN thanks to Morrisons!


Everyone at HEN were absolutely delighted to have a visit from Helen, Chris and Janine of Morrisons, who donated an amazing array of luxurious goodies to us for our Christmas coffee morning! 


Ranging from deluxe cookies, chocolates and sweet treats through to branded bodycare sets, the guys came laden with boxes and bags, enabling us to put together some fantastic hampers and raffle prizes for our fundraising coffee morning on 29th November. 


We are sincerely grateful for this incredible donation from Morrisons, and thank everyone involved. We are also very proud of the strong relationships we have within the local business community! 


Thank you, Morrisons, for helping make our coffee morning even more special! 

Walking into HEN's hearts - The Waendel Walkers amazing fundraising donation! 



We were thrilled to receive a cheque for £400 from our friends, 'The Waendel Walkers' of Irthlingborough!


The group has been busy fundraising for us over the summer period, and got in touch to not only let us know they had a donation to offer, but also to invite our colleague, Lynne (pictured above), out for one of their Sunday walks!



Lynne was delighted to meet with the group and receive the cheque, not to mention a six mile walk in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside. 



Huge thanks to The Waendel Walkers for fundraising for Headway East Northants - it is hugely appreciated by every one of us! 


Donation of £337.33 from our friends at Morrisons! 


Claire, Jonny and Becky were delighted to meet with our friends at Morrisons Plc recently and receive a donation cheque for £337.33! 


Morrisons kindly offered to "match-fund" the proceeds made from a family fun day back in June, held at their Rushden premises, and at which Headway East Northants ran a stall. 


Every penny will be used here at our centre to enrich and develop client lives! Huge thanks to Andrew and Helen (pictured above, with Claire, Jonny and Becky) and indeed everyone at Morrisons - hugely appreciated. 



A Spook-Tacular donation from Tesco of Wellingborough! 

Thanks to a very kind donation of pumpkins from Wellingborough's Tesco store, we had a fantastic time in in the run up to Halloween.


Our clients got very creative with their Halloween designs and skilfully brought them to life to spook-out the centre! 


We had all sorts of looks, from dripping fake blood, to googly eyes to palstic fork fangs.


A lovely activity, and special thanks to our friend, Emma, at Tesco Wellingborough, for arranging the donation.


Our clients in action!

Donation from Antex crafting tools offers our clients new crafting opportunities!


Thanks to a very kind donation of crafting materials and tools from Antex, our clients have been able to broaden their horizons on terms of art, craft and design skills! 


We've been enjoying all sorts of artistry involving wax, gems, foiling and even some pyrography, too. 


We think these photos just prove that " happiness is handmade"!. Thanks to all at Antex for the kind donation. 


Handmade garden planters from Ceepees Handmade!




We were delighted to have a visit this summer from our friend, Chris Palmer, of Ceepees Handmade. 



Chris very kindly donated two handmade planters for our garden (pictured above, with Chris).  The planters are handmade by Chris himself, and are the perfect height for all clients to comfortably maintain. 


Our friends at Morrisons stepped in once again and supplied us with some beautiful seasonal plants to get the planters going. 


Huge thanks to Chris for his generous donation of time and effort, and to Morrisons for the lovely autumn plants.  Another terrific boon for our garden! 

Generous donation enables purchase of new garden furniture!



Thanks to an incredibly generous donation from local group The Swivel Club, we've been able to purchase some fabulous new furniture for our recently landscaped garden!         


Items include an attractive wooden bench, and a 6-seater patio set complete with cushions and parasol. These items offer relaxing, supportive seating for our clients and further enhance the beautiful outdoor space we now have.  



Our clients enjoyed some Headway teamwork in our woodwork room to build the bench, and also worked together brilliantly to turn our patio set from 'flatpack' to 'fabulous'!  





We even managed to get together outside for an 'al fresco' lunch! 



Donations to Headway, no matter how large or small, really do go to enhance and enrich the lives of brain injury survivors, so an enormous thank you to The Swivel Club. 





Morrisons and Tesco help the Headway East Northants barbecue go with a swing!


We had a wonderful time at our annual barbecue on the 21st June, with help from our friends at supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons!


We were lucky enough to have some extremely generous donations of food, drinks and sundries from our friends at both Tesco and Morrisons. Our clients enjoyed a beautiful range of barbecued goodies, from burgers to sausages (complete with all the trimmings!) through to plenty of of cold drinks to keep us all cool on what was a very hot day.


The generosity of these donations helped  provide a wonderful day together for clients, carers, staff and volunteers


We think the smiles on our clients' faces say it all.





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Amazing donation of £790 from East Northants Councillor, Roger Powell!


We are thrilled to have received an incredible donation of £790 from East Northants Councillor, Roger Powell, who has chosen to donate to us via his Empowerment Fund.


Councillor Powell was familiar with our work via Irthlingborough Town Council and got in touch to see how he could help. We spoke directly with our clients, asking for their input about any new purchases they could recommend to enhance our centre services. 


We were very excited to place an order for several brand new Meccano and Lego modelling kits, professional art supplies, historical DVD sets and even a karaoke machine at the request of our clients! 


We thank Councillor Powell sincerely for this wonderful donation to our centre! 




Wellingborough Golf Club chooses HEN as a charity to support over 2019!



We're delighted to announce that we've been chosen by Wellingborough Golf Club as one of two local charities the club wishes to support over 2019, the other being Wellibus! 


Chairperson, Sally McKeown, got in touch and invited Becky along to a fundraising bridge drive back in December, and then to the ladies' club prizegiving supper, where Becky was able to meet fellow members and chat a little more indepth about the services we provide here at Headway East Northants. 


The Club has lots of terrific events in the pipeline to help raise funds for us, including garden parties and a jazz afteroon in June, which we're told has ALREADY sold out! We are so grateful to the Club for selecting us to support in 2019, and look forward to working together. 



'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 to download and complete a booking form which can then be emailed to