Headway News


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! We think this bouquet-card here says it all:


London Marathon




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!



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.





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.


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 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, 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







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Amazing donation from Higgins!


We were thrilled to receive a huge quantity of wood Higgins Builders Merchants, which was kindly arranged as a donation from Thomas, who works there.


Woodwork is always such a popular activity here at our Centre, and our clients, together with the support of our volunteers, enjoy working together to create useful items.


With such a generous donation, there's no end to the items that can be created and we can't wait to see what comes out of our woodwork room, so a huge thank you to Higgins! 


If there's anything that you may be interested in donating to us here at Headway, please do get in touch as we'd love to hear from you! Please email  rebecca.lake@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk

Smiles all round at Headway East Northants barbecue!

Yet another terrific day for the Headway East Northants team of clients, carers, staff and volunteers at our summer barbecue! Click here to read all about it.  http://headwayeastnorthants.org.uk/about-headway-east-northants/latest-news





Services Manager, Jean Tudor, retires from Headway East Northants


Our beloved manager, Jean Tudor, officially retired from Headway East Northants on Tuesday 22nd May and we were all so very sorry to see her go! 

Click the link below to read more!