John Hodgkinson

I joined the board of HEN to give help and support


My wife Jill and I have been married for 49 years and have a daughter and a son and 6 grandchildren.


After leaving school at 15 I attended Trent College. I spent 5 years on a course which taught all aspects of joinery manufacturing where we were examined annually and in the final year I obtained a City and Guild first class and Full Technological Certificate first class. (I received a special award from NJCBI for gaining the highest exam result in my final year). 


During the following 25 years in the joinery industry, I worked in various parts of the country gaining experience and receiving promotions which culminated in a senior management role in a large building firm in north London leaving as a Director of the Board. 


In the late 80’s I decided to change vocation and spent 10 years in the hospitality industry. I was a proprietor and manager of a restaurant and public house business.


On retirement, I had a key role in preventing the sale and development of the village playing field where I live. I formed a Charity to carry out this work and spent the following 13 years developing it as Chairman. We spent many years fundraising and were particularly pleased to secure lottery and various other grants to secure its role for the villagers.


I became interested in the effects of brain injury when my son had a serious motorcycle accident in 1999 which, among other things, resulted in him receiving a severe brain injury.To support his rehabilitation, I attended a local swimming group supporting adults with physical and mental disabilities. I decided to become involved with the group and was treasurer for 4 years. 


A relative support group for those with family members who have a brain injury was formed in Northampton some years ago and I was one of the original members. 


I joined the board of HEN to use my many years of business experience and also to give help and support in developing it for the benefit of all our clients. 

Latest News

Our best Christmas coffee morning yet! 


Huge thanks to ALL who supported our Christmas coffee morning on Thursday 29th November - it was wonderful to welcome so many faces!


We all enjoyed some delicious home-baked treats, hot drinks and the prizes in our raffle were extra special too with branded bodycare sets, wine and festive hampers.


We have raised around £400 and are still counting! Thank you so much to all who attended and supported. 

Wilson Paterson and Tim Samples become Board Trustees!



We are delighted and proud to welcome volunteer Wilson Paterson and client Tim Samples onto the Board of Trustees! 


Working together to lead our weekly Peer Support Group, and both having direct experience of acquired brain injury, we feel they are excellent representatives for client, volunteer and family voices here at HEN and are very pleased to have them on board!



Headway Music Group rock the charity fundraiser!


An amazing night was had by all at the fundraising concert on Saturday 6th October, featuring facilitator Freyja, deputy manager Jonny, and the Headway Music Group, raising an incredible £405 EACH for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice!


The guys all performed  with others to raise funds for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice and the night was incredibly well-supported, with the venue packed to the rafters! 


Well done to all involved, particularly to Freyja and partner Chris, who worked so hard to create such a professional gig, and of course, our amazing Headway clients for conquering their nerves and performing two songs LIVE!