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|Stephen McAleese Award for Inspiration 2019|
stephen mcaleese award for inspiration 2019
Do you know an individual who deserves to be recognised for their work in acquired brain injury? Is their work inspirational? UKABIF would like to recognise this work through our awards scheme. Nominating an individual or organisation is very easy, simply complete and submit this form.
The award will be presented at UKABIF's forthcoming conference, which takes place on the 11th of November 2019 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Applications can be made until 31st October 2019.
About Stephen McAleese
At the age of 15 Stephen was rushed to hospital with meningitis. Following treatment, it gradually became apparent that he would survive but that he would require extensive rehabilitation. A year later Stephen returned to school, but was in a wheelchair. Coming to terms with his new life as a disabled person needed a huge amount of support from many people, above all, from his family.
Stephen found the post-school experience particularly difficult. With the structure of schooldays behind him and the medical profession judging that his condition had reached a plateau, Stephen was facing the prospect of a long life with long term disabilities.
A major turning point occurred in his life when he discovered North Cumbria Headway in Carlisle. Headway became a second family and provided Stephen with many new opportunities. He took part in the Tall Ships Race under the auspice of the Jubilee Sailing Trust with a mixed physical abilities crew and sailed the Baltic Sea and made an Atlantic crossing in the tall ship Tenacious.
Stephen spent much of his time raising awareness and campaigning for specialist neuro-service and rehabilitation. He became an authoritative voice and was appointed to the Northern Acquired Brain Injury Forum and was also a trustee of UKABIF.
During this time he brought energy and enthusiasm to the board, together with learnings from his own lived experience of acquired brain injury. He was invited to the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on acquired brain injury, where he spoke of his own experiences. Very sadly Stephen passed away and UKABIF established this award in his name the following year.
If you have any questions about the Stephen McAleese Award please contact Chloe Hayward firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 6080788.