Headway Awards honour brain injury heroes

The annual Headway Awards luncheon at the Dorchester Hotel in London took place on the 16th of December to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions individuals have made to the brain injury charity on a local and national level.

The flagship event is the highlight of Headway’s year when everyone comes together to show their appreciation and be inspired by the many dedicated – and more often than not, unsung – heroes, from brain injury survivors and their carers to the selfless volunteers making a difference in brain injuries.

Hyphen Law was delighted to support the awards, contributing a cutting edge Amazon Echo, a hands-free, voice-activated wireless speaker that connects to the internet, as a top raffle prize to raise much-needed funds to support Headway’s fantastic work helping brain injury survivors and their families and carers across the UK.

There were 12 deserving finalists for the Awards for Carer, Volunteer and the Alex Richardson Achiever of the Year, along with The Stephen McAleese for Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award.

Winners of the awards, presented by rowing champion and double Olympic gold medalist, James Cracknell, vice president of Headway, included Michael, a young man whose act of compassion when helping a homeless man left him gang assaulted with a near-fatal brain injury.

Michael has rebuilt his life, battling fatigue and social isolation to complete college courses and is currently at university studying for a degree in art. He is now a passionate supporter and fundraiser for Headway Ayrshire, which provided him with invaluable support.

Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: "Seeing these twelve incredible people take to the stage to be recognised for their achievements after brain injury is a fantastic way to end the year.

"The Headway Awards luncheon illustrates what can be achieved by individuals and carers who are representative of hundreds of others across the UK working hard to improve life after brain injury. Their truly remarkable life accomplishments reside at the heart of the day.

"Thanks and congratulations go to all our wonderful finalists, their families and nominators for helping to show there can be life after brain injury."

Hyphen Law Director, Christine Bunting added: “At Hyphen Law, we regularly help people who have been affected by brain injuries and lost capacity to manage their property and affairs, so Headway is a charity that is very close to all our hearts.

“Headway has a vital role to play in helping and supporting victims and their families cope with the often devastating effects of brain injury, providing information and support and services, including rehabilitation activities.

“The annual Awards luncheon is a must-attend event and it was truly inspiring to see so many people there to honour and celebrate the achievements of the 12 worthy finalists.”