Award-winning home care services provider SweetTree is proud to sponsor the Carer of the Year Award at brain injury charity Headway’s 2016 12 National Heroes Awards this year.
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 communities.”
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.
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