Nicola Heales and Hayley Tarrant had a wonderful afternoon attending the Headway Annual Awards 2019. They were joined by their guest, Dr Henderson Slater, Consultant in Neurological Disability and Rehabilitation, at the Awards Luncheon held at The InterContinental, Park Lane in London on Friday 6th December.
Every year, Headway’s members, friends and supporters come together to pay tribute to the very special brain injury survivors, carers, volunteers and campaigners whose personal achievements have earned the respect and admiration of everyone around them.
Their incredible contributions were moving and inspirational, and we were honoured to be part of the celebrations marking their outstanding achievements.
We were lucky to sit alongside Jackie Flavell, her husband and son. Jackie was nominated for Headway’s Carer of the Year Award. Jackie’s son Luke sustained a traumatic brain injury following a car accident in July 2012. Against all the odds, and with intense treatment he pulled through but when Luke returned home it was clear that life would never be the same. Jackie became Luke’s full-time carer and listening to their journey first hand left us feeling that Jackie couldn’t be more worthy of the prestigious award.
Jackie was presented with a finalist certificate by Ryan Mason, a former professional football player who retired from competitive football in 2017 after sustaining a brain injury while playing football. Ryan talked about how his life changed in an instant as a result of his head injury and the challenges he has faced in rebuilding his life. We wish Ryan every success in his new role as the Under 19 Academy Coach at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
The event is the highlight of Headway’s year when everyone comes together to show their appreciation and to be inspired by the many dedicated individuals making a difference to the lives of those with brain injuries.
Bevirs Law, Head of Personal Injury and Trustee of Headway Milton Keynes, Nicola Heales said: “The Headway Awards Luncheon is always a must-attend event for everyone working in the field of brain injury. It is truly inspiring to see the highly deserving winners take to the stage to be recognised for their contributions and to prove beyond all doubt that there is indeed, life after brain injury.”
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