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Lincoln brain injury survivor scoops national award

Fri 07 Dec 2018

A Lincoln man who sustained a brain injury that left him partially blind, with severe coordination issues and trouble coping with leaving the house has won a national award after dedicating his time to help others in need.

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Andy Nicholson, 47, won the Alex Richardson Achiever of the Year Award, - sponsored by Slater and Gordons Lawyers.   

The national awards programme, 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.

Andy was presented with his award by double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, who is Vice President of the charity.

Andy sustained a brain injury in 1994 after plunging 20-feet headfirst down an unguarded stairwell on a building site in Leipzig.

Andy has been shortlisted for a Headway Annual Award after his dedication to help other’s affected by brain injury.

Under the nickname of The ‘Brain Damaged Baron’ he has built an online community around his disability, making popular videos which talk about what it’s like to struggle with an invisible condition, exploring issues such as chronic fatigue, relationship, background noise, pain and seizures.

In July he was joined by friends and supporters around the world in a sponsored walk to raise awareness.

He shared his plans widely on social media and contacted local businesses for support. He met with his local MP Karen Lee to explain the difficulties of living with a brain injury and plans for #walkwiththebaron.

Andy’s tenacity paid off and on July 1 supporters around the world laced up their walking boots to #walkwiththebaron with events taking place in the UK, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and the USA – raising more than £1000 for Headway.

“Despite his own challenges, Andy’s dedication to help other people come to terms with the ongoing consequences of brain injury is relentless,” said Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway – the brain injury association.

“He is a very popular member of Headway’s online community and is always ready to offer help and provide support to people.

“On top of this, he is always thinking of ways to support Headway and raise awareness of both our work and brain injury in general. He is very deserving of this award.”



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