This year we were joined by some amazing people on our 'Team HEN' group of runners, all of whom successfully completed the Virgin 2019 London Marathon, and making phenomenal efforts for our charity, both in terms of the physical training and financial fundraising. We cannot emphasise enough how much we appreciate what the guys have done for us - all of this, on top of juggling busy jobs and family/home life commitments. 


We had a fantastically diverse mix of runners this year, including childminders, maths teachers, doctors and business directors. Some of the guys had run for us before (or run marathons elsewhere previously), but for quite a few others, this was their first Marathon ever! 



HEN Manager, Claire Phillips, and Admin & Fundraising Coordinator, Becky Lake, travelled down to London the day before Race Day to support the Headway UK 'Pasta Party' , an informal get-together for runners before race day to swap stories and tips, ease nerves and carb-up! It was inspirational listening to people's journeys to Race Day.


Next, they were up bright and early at the Headway cheering station at mile 6.5, just around the corner from the iconic 'Cutty Sark' in the heart of Greenwich. The atmosphere was incredible - the whole capital was buzzing with positivity and Claire and Becky were thrilled to spot so many of our runners.


Collectively, this team of amazing people have raised over £52,000 for Headway East Northants - and we're still counting! Just think of the amazing things we can do for our clients with such funds!


We’ve enjoyed updating our social media channels about our marathon runners and their efforts, so you may already be aware of some of the ’goings on’.  It’s impossible to list everything that our runners arranged as part of their fundraising efforts, but here are just a few examples of the imaginative, engaging events the guys organised to boost their fundraising endeavours.


A terrific 'Marathon Celebration' evening for 'Team HEN 2019! 


Becky (centre), pictured with two of our fabulous runners, Louisa (left) and Karen (right), proudly showing their medals! 



Claire, Becky and Jonny, along with HEN Chairman, Dr Keith Jenkins, and fellow HEN trustee, Mary Lees, were delighted to host our 'London Marathon Celebration Evening' on Monday 3rd June.


Our talented facilitator, Freyja, designed and created this incredible 'thank you' banner pictured below, and we enjoyed putting together a 'Photo Memory' board, including runner quotes, for our guests to enjoy. 



We were so pleased to see our runners again, and hear their stories and memories from that incredible day. It was inspiring to hear of the hard work and perseverance all our runners displayed, battling on through severe blisters, tight muscles and wobbly toenails (EEEK!) to cross the famous finishing line. 


Once again - to each and every member of 'Team HEN 2019 - thank you all so much for your phenomenal efforts for our charity. Together, you've managed to raise just over £50,000 - above and beyond expectation and enabling us to continue and enrich the services we provide to those living with ABI, and their families. You are all amazing.



If this has got you feeling inspired and you're interested in taking part in the 2020 London Marathon to run for Headway East Northants, get in touch! 


Please email Becky Lake, Admin & Fundraising Coordinator, on








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Positive Blue Badge changes ahead for those with hidden disabilities

The Blue Badge scheme is currently being reviewed and plans are afoot to extend the Badge to those with less visible disabilities, such as brain injury.


The changes are described as the biggest being made in the scheme in almost 50 years and it's hoped that they will offer a lifeline to people with hidden disabilities who suffer from travel difficulties.


Changes will come into force on 30th August 2019. 


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An excellent 'Way Ahead' conference


We thoroughly enjoyed attending this year's 'Way Ahead' conference in early July. It was the ideal opportunity to share viewpoints and see the diverse range of services provided for those managing ABI. We also got to meet MP for Rhondda, Chris Bryant, who has been working incredibly hard in parliament to improve aftercare and neuro paths for those with ABI and their loved ones. For more information, please visit 'Staff News'!




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