Lewes women make headway in national awards

Ann Green with Headway members.
Ann Green with Headway members.

Three women from Lewes who dedicated their lives to helping people affected by brain injury have beaten the odds to be named finalists in a UK-wide awards scheme.

Ann Green, from Lewes, is to be recognised for her exceptional contribution to charity at an annual awards ceremony organised by Headway – the brain injury association.

Gwen Natalie and Nathan

Gwen Natalie and Nathan

She is one of only three people from across the UK to be in the running for the title of Volunteer of the Year.

In the same awards, Gwen and Natalie Milham, also from Lewes, are jointly nominated in the Carer of the Year category.

The trio were nominated for the awards by Michele Fleming, CEO of Headway Hurstwood Park, a Newick charity dedicated to improving people’s lives after brain injury.

“We are all delighted that Ann, Gwen and Natalie have been shortlisted,” said Michele.

“These are prestigious awards and for us to have three finalists from Lewes is an incredible achievement. We’re so proud of them.”

In 1988, Ann joined Headway Hurstwood Park after the 12-year-old daughter of her friend, Jeremy Griffin, was hit by a car and tragically sustained a severe brain injury.

As one of the longest serving volunteers at the charity, Ann would organise events ranging from swimming and bowling outings to running craft sessions.

In the early days, she was even known to cook lunch for the group’s members.

“I love being an integral part of Headway Hurstwood Park,” said a delighted Ann.

“I have watched the services develop and grow since the group’s conception – the team will never be able to get rid of me.

“It’s wonderful to see the difference in people after they attend Headway sessions.

“There are people who have gone from being unable to speak to sharing their story with others.”

Michele added: “Working with people with brain injury can have its challenges, but Ann’s sensitivity and her quiet, calm approach is a great support to staff and service users alike.”

The Achiever and Carer of the Year awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel in London on December 5, along with accolades for the Volunteer and Carer of the Year.

The charity promotes understanding of and information relating to all aspects of acquired brain injury.

It also provides care, support and rehabilitation services to people affected by an acquired brain injury.

Visit http://www.headway-hp.org.uk/