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Headway East Northants AGM, Friday 28th September


We will be hosting our Annual General Meeting here at our Irthlingborough centre on Friday 28th September at 4.30pm.


We are looking forward to the event and offer all attendees a warm welcome as we reflect over the activities of the last year.


The meeting will begin at 4.30pm and we anticipate it concluding after approxiamtely 40 minutes. A light buffet and refreshments will be available. 


If you are interested in coming along, please let Becky know on 01933 652311, or emailing her at  rebecca.lake@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk by Friday 21st September. 

We hope to see you there!



Fundraiser concert featuring Jonny, Freyja, and the Headway Music Group!



If you're after a brilliant local evening out, why not come along to Rushden Heritage Chapel & Halls to this very special fundraiser concert. Our very own facilitator Freyja, deputy manager Jonny Tudor and the Headway Music Group will all be performing live, as well as both the Raunds and Kettering Ukelele Orchestras, Ensemble, plus many more! 


This fantastic concert is on Saturday 6th October at 7.00pm, and everyone's welcome. 


The concert aims to raise as much as it can for both us here at Headway East Northants and also the Cransley Hospice - two amazing causes. 


Do come along - support our guys and help raise money that really does change lives. As the poster here states, tickets can be purchased online at  http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/a-different-direction-choir


Client Michael obtains Food Safety qualification!

Our client, Michael, has successfully completed an online course in Food Safety and now has a qualification in Level 2 Food Safety in Catering.


Michael successfully combined both his culinary and I.T skills which has proved a win-win - he's pictured above with his certificate. 


A huge 'well done' to Michael, we're really proud of you! 

HEN's Becky Lake running the Stanwick Lakes Autumn Run for the centre!



Our Admin & Fundraising Coordinator, Becky Lake, will be participating in the Autumn Run at nearby Stanwick Lakes, along with her husband Wayne, to raise funds for Headway East Northants! 


The run, which will take place on Sunday 16th September, will see Becky completing the 5k and Wayne running 10k! All funds raised will be donated straight to the Irthlingborough Centre, to continue the services and support provided to our wonderful clients and their families.  


Becky says: "I've not worked at Headway East Northants for long, but couldn't feel luckier to work with such a fantastic group of people, who really do make such a difference to the lives of our clients."


If you're interested in sponsoring Becky and Wayne, please do, no matter the amount! The link to donate online is  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=956160


Fabulous donation of £200 from St John the Baptist Church, Chelveston



We had a wonderful surprise through the post  here at Headway East Northants; namely a donation of £200 from St John the Baptist church in nearby Chelveston.


The church team had kindly chosen Headway East Northants as a local charity to donate to, following the sucess of various fundraising activities they had organised.


We sincerely thank everyone involved for this thoughtful and generous donation. These funds will enrich the services we offer our clients!  





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. 



If you would like to chat with us about donations, we'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch by emailing     rebecca.lake@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk




Headway East Northants barbecue a huge success! 


We had a wonderful time at our annual barbecue on the 21st June! Thanks to our superb team of volunteers, this is a special event that we are able to offer our clients each summer.



With extremely generous donations of food and sundries from our friends at both Tesco and Morrisons, clients, carers, staff and volunteers were able to relax together in the glorious weather and have a chat and giggle over a burger (or three....!).



We think the smiles on our clients' faces say it all, and we're proud to foster and build such great friendships with our clients, their carers and families. 




Manager, Jean Tudor, retires from Headway East Northants 

On Tuesday 22nd May 2018, we said farewell to our beloved manager, Jean Tudor, as she began her retirement. 



Jean had worked with Headway East Northants for almost four years although had worked within the charity sector for her entire career.



We decided to celebrate Jean's career here by holding an Open Afternoon for clients and their families/carers, staff and volunteers and some surprise old faces too! 



Our centre was set up with food, drink, flowers and some beautiful decorations and banners, created by our clients.  



It was a wonderful afternoon and thanks to the beautiful weather, we were able to spill out into our newly-landscaped garden. 



The afternoon was a little bittersweet for everyone, as we were all dreadfully sorry to see Jean go, however it was a perfect afternoon to celebrate her career with Headway East Northants, and the many people and families she has helped. The huge turnout of people was a true reflection on this wonderful lady! 



Claire Phillips now takes on Jean's management role, and Becky Lake has now joined the team as Admin and Fundraising Coordinator.



We wish Jean a happy and fulfilling retirement and know that she'll be keeping in touch with us here at Headway East Northants! 




Former client helps raise £210 for Headway East Northants!


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 "Just eight months here was better than twenty years at home for me...  f Headway wasn't here, who knows where people would go and how successful 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.



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 wonderful, as not only did the sun shine, but the day brought together lovely people in a friendly 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.


Barbara says:


“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.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".


For more information about Moonbeams please visit:




Alternatively you can contact Barbara on either 07969 590430 or     Barbara@moonbeamstherapies.co.u


Ali's Amazing Abseil!



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, who are 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! I was absolutely terrified, shaking and so scared of falling - but I did it!! I'm so grateful for everyone one of my donations as I definitely couldn't have done it without your support!! 

Thank you to all my supporters





Latest News

Our AGM, Friday 28th September


We are looking forward to hosting our Annual General Meeting here at the Centre on Friday 28th September. 


The meeting will start at 4.30pm and should last approximately 40 minutes, giving us the opportunity to reflect on our activities over the last year. Buffet and refreshments available. 


For more details, or if you'd like to come along, please let Becky know by Friday 21st September on 01933 652311 or by emailing her at  rebecca.lake@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk

Raunds Ukelele Orchestra fundraising concert!


Our facilitator Freyja, deputy manager Jonny, and the Headway Music Group will be performing with others at a fabulous fundraising concert to raise funds for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice. 

Why not go along for an evening of great music and fundraising for two fabulous causes?

The concert is on the 6th October and starts at 7pm at Rushden Heritage Chapel and Halls, Park Road, Rushden.

For more details or to book tickets, please visit  http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/a-different-direction-choir

Client Michael obtains Food Safety qualification! 

Headway East Northants client, Michael, last week successfully completed an online course in Food Safety for Catering, and as a result, is now Level 2-qualified in Food Handling. 

Michael enjoys both our cookery sessions and I.T here at Headway East Northants, so combining the two together was a win-win!

Huge congratulations to Michael on this terrific achievement!