‘Hidden hero’ wins award for commitment to brain injury

Lesley Saunders has campaigned for improved services since her late husband sustained a brain injury.

  Mrs Saunders, 68, was named Volunteer of the Year in the Headway Annual Awards on Friday.  Her husband Brian Saunders sustained a brain injury in July 1997 when he was struck by the wing mirror of a transit van. He passed away in 1998, but motivated by the lack of support for people in his condition, Mrs Saunders started campaigning to improve services.  She fundraised and supported the opening of a dedicated brain injury rehabilitation unit and fought in vain to prevent its closure in 2003. She was later appointed by NHS managers to serve as a People's Champion for Brain Injury. Peter McCabe, chief executive of Headway described Mrs Saunders as a 'hidden hero'. Click here to read the full story. 
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