Joan Simpson

A chance remark- a flying challenge!

 

It all began at a barbecue party whilst talking to a friend who is a glider pilot. We were discussing gliding when I just so happened to say. 'How about a gliding experience for the disabled?'

 

In the blink of an eye, out came a mobile phone and a call was made to the airfield. That was when I found myself talking to one of the committee members. The outcome of this conversation was that it was perfectly feasible for ANYONE to fly, whatever their disability (with a few exceptions). It was also then when I learnt that the gliding club were looking to do more to integrate their passion into the community. The next move was to chat to all of the clients at Headway East Northants to see how many would be interested in taking up the challenge!

 

The date was set, weather permitting, and everyone looked forward to their challenge. Just two days before the set date, the weather forecast wasn't good, so it was suggested that we try the day after. That morning was an ideal flying day.

 

The lunches were packed and, with some trepidation, we all set off. At the airfield we were met by the staff and pilots who were to look after us. A quick safety briefing and other important information was given to us and then we watched a trial launch.

 

There were gasps of astonishment as the plane rose steeply on the winch, then, at the right height, it was released. At this point there were a few anxious faces!

 

As the first two clients were helped into their gliders, everyone else looked on anxiously. At this point, I wondered if any of them would dare take the challenge of actually fliying the gliders themselves. We watched take-offs and followed their progress in the clear blue sky, circling in the thermals and eventually coming to land.

 

Their faces said it all. "I never thought Id be able to do something like this". "I actually flew a glider. That was fantastic!" "I want to do it again!" were among many of the comments!

 

It was certainly a high flying challenge, which many thought they would never have the chance to achieve. 

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An INCREDIBLE London Marathon 2019!

Team HEN were nothing short of phenomenal in this year's Virgin London Marathon! 

 

Each and every runner did an amazing job for us, battling on through shin splints, aches, pains and even lost toenails (OW!) to finish those 26.2 miles for us. We were bowled over by the efforts everyone went to, not only with the intensity of the physical training, but also their creative and imaginative ideas for fundraising, all on top of juggling work and family commitments. Each of them needs a superhero cape! 

 

So far we have raised over £52,000 and we're still counting! It's just amazing, and we will be able to continue enriching and supporting the lives of those managing ABI with this superb amount of money raised.

 

We will shortly be posting some great photos from this special event so watch this space! If you're interested in running for us next year - get in touch! 

 

Come and see us at Thrapston Charter Fair!

 

We'll have a stand at the annual Thrapston Charter Fair on Saturday 29th June so do pop along and say hello!

 

We are aiming to raise further awareness in that area of East Northants of our services, plus there'll be plenty going on. The high street will be closed off to traffic and the fair will feature plenty of food and drink stands from local suppliers,  live music and performances, art and craft and all fairground rides will be FREE of charge!

 

 

 

Fancy a challenge? Why not try the Northampton Half Marathon for HEN?

 

If you want to fulfill a personal challenge but find the idea of the London Marathon a bit too daunting, why not consider running the Northampton Half Marathon for Headway East Northants?

 

The Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 29th September. We've teamed up with 'Go Beyond Sport' who are managing the event - it's free to register and your only commitment is to raise a minimum of £100 for us.

 

For further details, and to register, please visit  http://gobeyondsport.co.uk/Northampton_Half_Marathon_2019_Run_for_Free