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Come along to our Christmas coffee morning!



With christmas cakes already being made, why not come along to our Christmas coffee morning on Thursday 29th November, here at our Centre?


Everyone is welcome, so bring a friend, and join us from 10.30am till 12.30pm for a hot drink and some festive, homemade treats. Have a flutter on our raffle too, as there'll be some fantastic prizes up for grabs! 





Headway musicians rock the fundraising concert!




We had an amazing night on Saturday 6th October, supporting the Raunds Ukulele Orchestra, 'A Different Direction' choir and friends at a fundraising concert in Rushden, dedicated to raising money for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice.


We were also bursting with pride to see some of our clients performing as the 'Custard Caterpillars', Headway East Northants' music group. Playing not only ukuleles, glockenspiels and drums, but singing too, the guys performed the Sam Smith hit, 'Stay With Me' and had the audience tapping its feet to 'Bad Moon Rising' by Credence Clearwater Revival.


Our very own facilitator Freyja and partner Chris not only performed themselves, but also dedicated a huge amount of time and hard work to organising and hosting a really professional gig. Our deputy manager Jonny Tudor also took to the stage for a solo performance, both singing and playing the guitar.




It was inspiring to see our wonderful clients conquer their nerves and perform live to a packed-out hall - amazing examples of what a brain injury survivor can achieve.



The gig was also generously supplied with drinks and cake, with both a raffle and competition to win an incredible Australian-themed gift hamper, filled with goodies from Down Under, so generously and thoughtfully put together by our volunteer, Broch.




Having totted-up the final figures, we're thrilled to share that an amazing £405 EACH was raised on the night for both Headway East Northants and the Cransley Hospice.


A huge thank you to all who came along and supported the night. 



Proving we're "fun-guys" during our Mushrooms & Funghi theme day!




As autumn is well underway, our facilitators organised a 'Mushroom & Funghi' theme day for our clients.

First we did a bit of research together about the many different species out there, then carried out some photo identification.


Next, clients and volunteers ventured out into the "great Irthlingborough outdoors" for a foraging session, gathering suitable materials to create 'woodland houses' (with a few fairies from the art department thrown in for good luck!).


Of course, what else would be on the menu for lunch that day than mushroom risotto?!


A terrific day for everyone, working together and using creativity, forward-planning and concentration. 






Spook-tacular pumpkin carving this Halloween! 




Our clients had a terrific time creating their own pumpkin designs and bringing them to life for Halloween! There were some really creative ideas and some great forward-planning. Some even had teeth, fake blood and googly eyes! 


The pumpkins are currently on guard in the games room. A great activity enjoyed by all - and sincere thanks to our friends at Wellingborough's Tesco store for the donation of the pumpkins! 







Headway East Northants AGM a great success!


We were delighted to host our well-supported AGM last Friday here at the centre. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting a total of 28 guests, ranging from trustees, staff and volunteers, through to clients, families, supporters and town council representatives.


The meeting gave us the opportunity to not only reflect on activities over the past year, but also think about how we can plan ahead and take our services to the next level. We concluded with a delicious light buffer and refreshments for all attendees.


There will, of course, always be challenges ahead, but our strong, experienced team of staff and sound reputation help to provide and maintain our solid foundation.


The feedback we've received so far tells us that attendees not only found the meeting enjoyable, but also informative, with real take-home value. 


Here's to another super year ahead for Headway East Northants!



HEN's Becky Lake and husband Wayne raise almost £300 running the Stanwick Lakes Autumn Run!



Our Admin & Fundraising Coordinator, Becky Lake, participated in the Autumn Run in the Autumn Run at nearby Stanwick Lakes back in September, along with her husband Wayne, to raise funds for Headway East Northants! 


Becky successfully completed the 5k course while Wayne completed the 10k! 


Thanks to generous donations, Becky and Wayne managed to raise almost £300 for our Irthlingborough Centre, to continue the services and support provided to our wonderful clients and their families.  


Becky says: "I only joined the team in May, but couldn't feel luckier to work with such a fantastic group of people, who really do make such a difference to the lives of our clients. It somehow makes the highly dodgy leggings worth it!"


A huge thank you to all who kindly donated!





A great time had by all at the Headway East Northants barbecue!



We had a wonderful time at our annual barbecue back in June!


We were lucky enough to have some extremely generous donations of food, drinks and sundries from our friends at both Tesco and Morrisons. Our clients enjoyed a beautiful range of barbecued goodies, from burgers to sausages (complete with all the trimmings!) through to plenty of of cold drinks to keep us all cool on what was a very hot day.


The generosity of these donations helped  provide a wonderful day together for clients, carers, staff and volunteers. Enormous thanks also to our super volunteer, Joan Simpson, who opened up her home and garden and hosted everyone. 


We think the smiles on our clients' faces say it all.





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Come to our Christmas coffee morning! 


Join us at the centre on Thursday 29th November from 10.30am till 12.30pm for our Christmas coffee morning - everyone welcome!


Bring a friend and enjoy a hot drink, homemade festive treats and a flutter on the raffle (with some fantastic prizes on offer!). All proceeds go direct to our Irthlingborough centre. See you there!

Visit us at Irthlingborough Christmas Fest on 1st December!


What better way to start Advent than visiting us at the Irthlingborough Christmas Fest!?


We will have a stand at this popular event, which is being held in Irthlingborough on Saturday 1st December between 2.00pm and 6.00pm!


Not only will we be selling some beautiful handcrafted items (many of which are ideal for Christmas), we'll also have our children's tombola - prize every time!


Do come along to support us and help raise awareness!





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!