The winners were announced in London on Friday 16th December 2016 by double Olympic Gold Medallist James Cracknell and included awards for Carer, Volunteer and Alex Richardson Achiever of the Year, along with The Stephen McAleese for Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award. The aim of the awards is to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions individuals and have made to the charity on a local and national level.
The winner of the SweetTree-sponsored Carer of the Year Award was Heather Beaumont, a 55-year-old carer from Ballymena who has cared for her husband Gary since he suffered a brain injury three years ago that left him wheelchair-bound and unable to communicate.
The couple met nearly 30 years ago at a gym and had been enjoying a weekend in London when Gary suffered a near-fatal brain injury in his sleep. For almost a year, Heather was told he may not survive and even if he pulled through, he would have long-term cognitive impairment. The pair now communicate through eye contact and Gary has made slow but notable
improvements. Heather visits her husband in hospital every day, working tirelessly to adapt their house so that he can return home eventually and even completing training courses to take a hands-on approach when delivering Gary’s care as his ‘voice’ and advocate.
Erika Turner, Director of Brain injury and Neurological Conditions Services at SweetTree says: “The impact a brain injury has on those affected is far reaching. It impacts on the individual as well as their family and friends. We’re proud to sponsor Headway’s ‘Carer of the Year’ award and continue our association with this organisation who continue to lead on increasing awareness and understanding of brain injury and its consequences in our
SweetTree Home Care Services provides exceptional care for those living with brain injuries and is the largest provider of community-based services for brain injuries and long-term neurological conditions in the UK. Its Acquired Brain Injury Service is commissioned by over 50% of London-based local authorities, including the NHS, insurance companies and private case managers. All newly-recruited staff providing care for those with brain injuries must have at least six months’ prior experience of brain injury care and must also take part in additional extensive training.
For more information on the Headway awards, please visit https://www.headway.org.uk/news/national-news/praise-for-our-twelvenational- headway-heroes/
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SweetTree Home Care Services is an award-winning business providing the highest quality care and support for individuals in the home. With a compassionate, highly trained team of experienced carers, SweetTree delivers outstanding domiciliary care spanning a wide range of needs from basic through to more complex requirements. Areas of expertise include dementia care, learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, neurological conditions and end-of-life support. The company has been twice recognised in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for in the UK and an Investor’s In People Gold Award Winner. Visit http://www.sweettree.co.uk