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Headway Annual Awards Luncheon 2011

The Head Injury Group was pleased to support the Headway Annual Awards Luncheon, held at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 2 December. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to show appreciation and be inspired by the many dedicated – and often unsung – heroes, from carers to volunteers working in the field of brain injury.

There were five different categories of award. The first was Volunteer of the Year, won this year by Bruce Gallaway. Bruce was 32 when he had a severe stroke, which paralysed his right-hand side. By attending Headway Essex, he rebuilt his confidence and independence and now helps people affected by brain injury to improve their computer skills.

Next winner was Michelle Coulson, who was named Campaigner of the Year. Michelle is a passionate ambassador for Headway and a committee member of the Brain Injury Grampian Group. She shares her experiences with newly qualified nurses at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and regularly speaks to groups of medical professionals.

Carer of the Year was Sandy Allis, who sustained a brain injury in 1995 and was raising awareness for Headway Lincolnshire when she met Jez, who was recovering from a brain tumour. Their friendship blossomed and they married but sadly, just one year later, Jez’s health deteriorated and he passed away in April this year. Sandy’s story is one of incredible devotion.

Achiever of the Year for 2011 was Maxwell Muteliso. Max sustained a brain injury in 2002 and is now largely wheelchair-dependent and also has problems with his memory and concentration. Demonstrating incredible determination, Max graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University this year and is now embarking on a post-graduate course.

Finally, the Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway award was announced. This is a new award, in honour of Stephen, who himself had suffered a brain injury and was an indefatigable advocate for brain injury survivors. He was dedicated to improving life after brain injury but sadly passed away in December 2010. Stephen’s parents presented this very special award to Norman Keen, whose son sustained a brain injury when he was knocked down by a car. Norman took early retirement to care for his son and became heavily involved in founding Headway East London, tirelessly campaigning for the group and has, for the last 14 years, been the driving force behind the group’s development.

The Awards also give an opportunity for this year’s Headway Fundraising Baton Holders to tell the audience about their fundraising experience over the last year and to hand the baton over to next year’s fundraiser. Baton Holders for 2011 included Old Square Chambers, St Johns Chambers and MASS. Although final figures are still being counted up, this year’s Baton Holders have raised over £75,000.

Lyons Davidson understands the ups and downs of fundraising, having been one of the Baton Holders for Headway in 2010 when we were extremely pleased to have raised just over £80,000. Please click here if you would like to know the type of activities we did to raise funds. The Head Injury Group highly recommends that other firms and companies, both big and small, get involved in fundraising for a very worthy cause and to raise awareness of brain injury and the work that Headway does.

Posted on Dec 7th, 2011 by Lyons Davidson