Sponsored by Anthony Gold Solicitors
Susan Kyle won the Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Anthony Gold Solicitors for her dedication to raising money for Headway Hull and East Riding.
The national awards ceremony, run by UK-wide charity Headway – the brain injury association, celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of people with brain injuries and those working to support them..
Susan, 62, has suffered with asthma since birth and later developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
She also developed epilepsy as a child and suffered seizures on a regular basis.
In 2007, she underwent brain surgery to help reduce the seizures, but she was left living with the lasting effects of brain injury including short term memory loss and fluctuating emotions.
Susan's husband John, 68, now cares for her, helping her to carry out all of her fundraising and attend sessions at Headway Hull and East Riding.
Sadly, Sue was recently diagnosed with terminal lung and liver cancer and told she had less than a year to live. She is currently receiving immunotherapy to try to extend her life.
Having benefitted from the support of Headway Hull and East Riding, Susan and her husband John are devoted to spreading the word about the charity and the support available.
Susan has raised thousands of pounds for the charity, by obtaining raffle prizes from shops and businesses across Hull and the surrounding areas.
"Susan is an outstanding woman, with an unwavering dedication to supporting Headway," said Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway.
"Charities dream of having the support of volunteers like Susan so we are honoured that she has given us so much of her time, especially given her own ongoing health issues.
"Sue's wit and relentlessly upbeat attitude and have touched Headway services users, staff and volunteers not just in Hull but across the country. She is a truly deserving winner of this award."Back