Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

The Headway Somerset Masked Ball and Award Ceremony

Headway Somerset is an inspirational charity which provides support and help to individuals and their families who have suffered from brain injury.

Taunton Cricket club recently hosted the “Headway Somerset May Masked Ball & Awards Ceremony”, a key event in the fundraising calendar. The ball was a great success and enjoyed by all that attended.

Group of people sat around a table talking to each other

Clarke Willmott’s Martin Pettingell, is the chairman of Headway Somerset and presented some of the well deserved awards, together with the charity’s patron/actress, Sarah Parish.

There were three winners of the “Achiever of the Year Award”. Deborah Hancock, who suffered a brain injury following a stroke, was Headway’s first winner. Her courage and determination to live life to the full made Deborah a well deserved winner.

Derek Massey, who received a brain injury resulting from a subararachnoid haemorrhage, was Headway’s second achiever of the year. Derek had many hurdles to overcome following his injury and his progress and hard work made him another worthy winner. Julie Roost was the third winner of this award. Julie came to Headway for support following a diagnosis of Encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain. Julie has used her experiences to help others and is now heavily involved with the Encephalitis Society, supporting people going through similar experiences to her.

Representative from St John’s Chambers on stage receiving the "Fundraiser of the Year” award

“Fundraiser of the Year” was awarded to St John’s Chambers, who had helped to raise nearly £8,000 for Headway Somerset. The award recognises the great contribution made by St Johns. The award was received by St Johns Commercial Director, Derek Jenkins.

The “Lifetime achievement award” being presented on stage

“Lifetime achievement award” was presented to Pauline Knowles. Pauline‘s son, Nigel, contracted TB meningitis at an early age, leaving him with a brain injury. Pauline has continued to support and care for Nigel over the years, always putting the needs of her son first. The award recognises not only Pauline’s dedication to her son, but her willingness to help and support Headway Somerset in its fundraising activities.

The awards were followed by a charity auction which was a great success and helped to raise more money for this fantastic cause.

Clarke Willmott was the main sponsor of the event and was proud to support such a worthy cause. The money raised helps to ensure that the charity can continue to offer their services to the people that need them most.

Author: Anna Davies