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Fundraising quiz and 3-course dinner is a smash hit for Team HEN Marathon runner, Kate Hughes!



Kate Hughes, who's running the marathon for us this year as part of Team HEN, had a smasher of a night back on the 10th March, hosting a quiz and three course dinner for NINETY people! 


Kate also tells us that she made lasage for everyone at the dinner from scratch herself - we're sure she'll be pleased to see the back of oven dishes for a while now! 


The event, held in Kate's local village hall, was a huge success, helping Kate more than smash her target and hit £2,300! An amazing achievement.


Kate, a busy GP and mum of three, has done an exceptional job and is yet another great example of how our marathon runners go above and beyond to raise as much as they can for us. Great stuff. 


Team HEN Marathon runner, Claire Broughton, smashes fundraising target with 'Casino Royale' night!

2019 Team HEN marathon runner, Claire Broughton, has already smashed her marathon fundraising target for us thanks to the huge success of her 'Casino Royale' theme night, held in November of 2018 along with her sister (who's also running for her own chosen charity!).


The evening included a raffle, auction and smaller casino-themed games including on-the-spot roulette spins, "Guess our Finishing Times" and "Who Can Roll the £1 Coin Closest to the Champagne Bottle?" - which we're told was highly addictive, with the closest "roller" winning the bottle! 


The ladies' efforts were absolutely phenomenal, with £3,500 being raised between them for their respective charities. We very much look forward to meeting them at February's Information evening and thank them sincerely for their fantastic commitment!


Our first "father and son" running duo on this year's Team HEN!



We are delighted to welcome father and son running duo, John and Andrew Freeman, to Team HEN this year! 


The guys have been busy with their training and fundraising, and are pictured here having finished a half marathon in Leicester back in February (and nicely showing off their fabulous Team HEN vest tops!!!!).


It was Andrew's first big race and he did it in a fantastic two hours two minutes, with Dad John coming in just four minutes later.


Terrific effort guys, and it's very special for us to have a father and son team on board this year. Question is - who'll cross that line first?! (or maybe you'll do it together!).



Team HEN Marathon runner, Kat Noonan's recent fundraising efforts!

Team 'HEN' marathon runner, Kat Noonan (along with friend, also Kat!) have been running their socks off as part of their marathon training and fundraising efforts!



Kat and friends braved the cold and took part in their local Santa run, as well as  a 'Christmas Lights' run with their local running club. Well done, ladies! 


"Fundraising is going well", says Kat. "We're planning some bake sales over the next few months once everyone's fallen off the Christmas diet wagon!"






Fundraising quiz night gives a mega boost for Team HEN runner, Louisa Houghton!

Louisa Houghton arranged a fabulous charity quiz night to boost her fundraising efforts for us!


The quiz night, on Saturday 9th March, was held at the Obelisk Centre, Northampton. 


It was a great opportunity to get together with friends and family and get those little grey cells ticking, all the while raising money for Headway East Northants.


Louisa excitedly got in touch to let us know that the quiz night, along with her other fundraising efforts, have so far totalled £1341.16!! Amazing effort and sincerely appreciated by all at HEN! 







Team HEN runner, Nicola Streets, smashed her target with a very special Curry Night! 




Nicola Streets organised a superb curry night fundraiser to help boost her marathon pot for us!



Nicola's event, on March 4th, proved a smash success for Nicola, who was well supported with a great turn out of family and friends to boost her fundraising efforts for us over curry and a beer! 



We're proud to report that the night raised £1,844.31, and was also boosted by an auction and raffle on the night too!



Nicola tells us that her training is going well and she recently managed a 20-mile run around Pitsford Reservoir, accompanied by her husband, who cycled the same route. An amazing achievement, well done, Nicola! 






"Bag a bargain" from Team HEN runner, Abul Choudhury! 

Team 'HEN' marathon runner, Abul Choudhury, is selling these great 'Marathon Training' branded drawstring bags as part of his fundraising efforts!


The bags are portable, very lightweight and purse-friendly at just £3 each, with all proceeds coming to Headway East Northants via Abul's marathon fundraising pot. 


They're ideal for gym kits, trainers, drinks, etc on the go.


If you'd like to support Abul and order a bag, please get in touch and we'll be delighted to forward your requirements direct to him. 


Well done, Abul, keep it up! 





"Walk, Run or Jog 26.2 miles in January" challenge proves a hit for Team HEN 2019 marathon runner, Claire Paul!



Team 'HEN' 2019 marathon runner, Claire Paul, organised this fantastic event that so many people got behind to help raise funds for Headway East Northants. A great idea, and ideal for all levels of mobility, including some wheelchair-bound participants.


With an entry fee of £10, Claire invited people to complete a challenge of walking, jogging or running 26.2 miles throughout the month of January (between the 1st and 31st). She even designed medals for all who completedare medals for all who completed0


Claire tells us that it was a great success towards her fundraising, with one participant even clocking up around 100 miles! Well done Claire! 



Runner Michelle Whitwam arranges amazing charity event at Dodmoor House featuring her band SoulMoFunk, the county's most talked-about soul, funk and motown covers band!


Team 'HEN' 2019 marathon runner, Michelle Whitwam, organised an amazing charity night over at Dodmoor House, Northampton, with all proceeds going towards her Marathon fundraising for us here at Headway East Northants!


This great night, on Friday 1st Februrary, featured fizz on arrival, charity raffle, auction, and best of all, Michelle's own band, 'SoulMoFunk', playing live motown, disco, funk and soul to party the night away. Check out the band at   http://www.soulmofunk.com


At just £10 per head, it was a real bargain, with everyone taking part in the games and raffle, and boogying the night away on the dance floor. Thanks also to the venue, Dodmoor House, for kindly contributing £50 to Michelle's fundraising! 





Come and enjoy coffee and cake with friends at Karen Lower's coffee morning! 


Team 'HEN' 2019 marathon runner, Karen Lower, organised a scrummy coffee morning at the Saxon Tavern in Earls Barton, with all proceeds going towards her Marathon fundraising for us here at Headway East Northants!


This event, on Saturday 2nd March, offered a variety of teas, coffees and cakes with all proceeds being donated to us.


Thank you, Karen, for organising! 




Laugh your socks off at John Freeman's charity comedy night! 


Team 'HEN' 2019 marathon runner, John Freeman, has organised a brilliant stand-up comedy night featuring award-winning comedian, Paul Karensa, who has written for Top Gear, Miranda, TFI Friday and Not Going Out among many others!


The night, on Saturday 23rd March, is at Wollaston Baptist Church from 7.30 until 9.30pm and just £10 a ticket including refreshments, with all proceeds going to Headway East Northants.


You can get your tickets by either phoning Wollaston Baptist Church on 01933 664114, or through John's donation page which is  http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/johnfreeman

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Amazing donation of £790 from East Northants Councillor, Roger Powell!


We are thrilled to have received an incredible donation of £790 from East Northants Councillor, Roger Powell, who has chosen to donate to us via his Empowerment Fund.


Councillor Powell was familiar with our work via Irthlingborough Town Council and got in touch to see how he could help. We spoke directly with our clients, asking for their input about any new purchases they could recommend to enhance our centre services. 


We were very excited to place an order for several brand new Meccano and Lego modelling kits, professional art supplies, historical DVD sets and even a karaoke machine at the request of our clients! 


We thank Councillor Powell sincerely for this wonderful donation to our centre! 




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