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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Come to our Easter coffee morning on April 18th! 

Hard to believe it's that time of year already, but we're excited to be holding our annual Easter coffee morning on Thursday 18th April and hope that you can make it! 

 

The event will be held at our Irthlingborough centre from 10.30 until 12.30pm with plenty of hot drinks and amazing treats. 

 

Why not bring a friend or the family, pop down  and say hello to us! Our thanks to Morrisons of Rushden for their kind donation of indulgent goodies!

 

 

 

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 http://www.abifnorthants.com to download and complete a booking form which can then be emailed to  julie.mallard@oakleafcare.com