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Bath volunteer wins national award

Fri 05 Dec 2014

A brave woman from Bath who has spent the past two decades raising more than £65,000 for a local charity she helped set-up after she sustained a brain injury has won a national award.

Terisha Burge, 66, has been named Volunteer of the Year at the Headway Annual Awards ceremony held at The Dorchester Hotel, in London, on Friday 5 December.

The awards ceremony, organised by Headway - the brain injury association, celebrates the inspirational achievements of survivors of brain injury and their carers in the face of adversity, as well as the outstanding contributions individuals have made to the charity.

Terisha was presented with her award by double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, who is Vice President of the charity. 
Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: "The passion that has driven - and still drives - Terisha to succeed is nothing short of exceptional.

"Terisha has devoted the past 22 years of her life to raising awareness of Headway Bath and District and supporting others affected by brain injury.

"Her strength, positivity and vehement determination to help other people makes her a winner in every sense of the word."

Terisha had been treating a patient at the surgery where she worked as a dental hygienist in 1991 when she suffered a severe headache. The mother-of-two was rushed to hospital where it soon became apparent she had suffered a major brain haemorrhage that was to leave her with a devastating brain injury.

When Terisha was finally well enough to return home, she slowly began to regain control of her life and, along with her husband, Clive, she helped set-up Headway Bath and District.

Since the Headway group's conception, Terisha has dedicated her life to organising everything from market stalls to Christmas fairs, even running auctions and race nights, raising an impressive total of £65,000 for the Headway group.

The Headway Annual Awards celebrate the exceptional efforts of survivors of brain injury and those caring for them. Other winners who joined Terisha on stage at The Dorchester Hotel included Sarah Whitchurch, from Guernsey (Achiever of the Year), Gwen and Natalie Milham, from Lewes (Carer of the Year), and Bill and Stella Jackaman, from West Sussex (The Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award).


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