Will Palmer

Will is the parent of a son with an acquired brain injury, and inspired by him, ran the London Marathon for us.

 

"My son, now aged 23, has an acquired brain injury from a car accident some 22 months ago, in Scotland. For the first 5 months I was living up there whilst he was critical and in intensive care. When, thanks to the amazing skill and dedication of NHS Scotland, he moved to rehab, I came back home to Northamptonshire. Then with time to think, the reality of the situation kicked in and I found myself in a dark place.

 

Desperate and confused, I turned to the lovely people at Headway, where I was made most welcome. I was offered counselling, practical advice, empathy and a deeper understanding of the situation. No punches were pulled but this helped me face the reality and that there was lots of positive things I could do that would help me and my son.

 

I saw the wonderful work they do, both staff and volunteers, with the clients and made some very good friends. I was honoured, although somewhat daunted at first, when they asked me and others to run the London marathon to help raise much needed funds for the charity. The winter training and blisters were all worth it as I managed to run my first ever marathon at such an iconic event.

 

My son is finally home after 20 months in hospital and I'm happy to say making slow but steady progress after such a life changing event for all of us. I can now look forward to him making more progress in the future, however long it takes and his spirit is an inspiration to us all. I shall always be personally grateful to all at Headway East Northants and would fully recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation and are not sure who to turn to.

 

Will Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest News

London Marathon Information Evening, 11th February

 

Now that our marathon team is full (27 runners in total!), we're really excited to host our annual London Marathon Information Evening on Monday 11th February, to which all 'Team HEN' runners are invited! 

 

The informal evening, held at our Irthlingborough centre, offers the chance for runners to take a look around our centre, meet fellow participants, and of course a great opportunity for us to meet these amazing people in person! 

 

Guest speaker this year is Andrew Walker, himself an experienced London Marathon runner, and a member of Team HEN 2019. Andrew will be there to share his knowledge and experiences, and to offer hints/tips about build-up to race day, nutrition, lasting the distance, and of course, recovery.

 

7.00pm start with an anticipated finishing time of 8.30pm. All RSVP's and vest top size confirmations by Monday 21st January, please.

 

 

Fish & Chip quiz night, 26th January!

 

Our facilitator Freyja and partner Chris belong to 'A Different Direction' choir and are busy fundraising for an amazing trip to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall! 

 

To aid their funding, they've organised a Fish & Chip Quiz  night on Saturday 26th January at Saxon Hall, Raunds, with all proceeds going towards their event. You may remember the choir from the incredible performance they gave alongside the Headway musicians, 'The Custard Caterpillars' back in October!

 

Great night guaranteed - for full details, please visit our 'Events' page. 

 

New Year, New You? Come and be a volunteer!

 

Want to make a positive change for 2019? Then come and be part of our amazing team of volunteers!

 

Whether you have a spare day in the week, or even just an hour or two, visit our centre and meet our fantastic people. We have so much to offer those who've survived brain injury - maybe it could be YOU who helps someone re-learn a lost skill, or take on a new one.

 

For all volunteering enquiries, please call on 01933 652311 or email our deputy manager, Jonny Tudor, on  jonny.tudor@headwayeastnorthants.org.uk