Stephen McAleese Award for Inspiration
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 their awards scheme. Nominating an individual or organisation is very easy, simply complete and submit the form at the bottom of the page.
The award will be presented at UKABIF's forthcoming online summit, which takes place on the 9th and 16th of November 2020. Applications can be made until 31st October 2020.
Stephen was rushed to hospital with meningitis at the age of 15. Luckily his life was saved but he needed extensive rehabilitation. Stephen returned to school one year later, but was in a wheelchair. Stephen needed a lot of support to come to terms with his new life as a disabled person - his family were central to this.
The post-school experience was very difficult for Stephen. 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 UKABIF board, together with learnings from his own lived experience of acquired brain injury. He was invited to speak about his experiences at the first meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury. 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 email@example.com or call 0345 6080788.