Jean shortlisted for major award!

A TENACIOUS charity worker has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Jean Martin-Savage, from Gainford, is one of just three people from across the UK to reach the finals of the Volunteer of the Year competition, hosted by Headway Annual Awards.

Ms Savage is being recognised for her hard work in helping to establish the brain injury charity Headway Darlington and District.

The retired psychologist worked in brain injury rehabilitation for more than 25-years and first became involved with the charity in 2012.

After working to develop support services for local families affected by brain injury she went on to establish the Headway Forces Support Group.

The group, based at Catterick Garrison, offers support and education to veterans living with brain injury.

Ms Savage also delivers cognitive and emotional support sessions, runs a busy helpline and has developed an awareness course for Headway volunteers.

Her efforts have contributed to the steady growth of the charity, with sessions going from supporting four people to 35 within 12-months.

She said: “It is an honour to support all those affected by brain injury in any way I can.

 “Together with my fellow trustees it’s my goal to develop services for our members that will meet their complex, changing and ongoing needs so that they feel supported at every stage of recovery and beyond.”

Ms Savage was nominated for the award by the charity’s trustee Debra Thornton.

Ms Thornton said: “Jean is an amazing, lovely person and an absolutely integral part of Headway Darlington and District.

“Jean seeks no reward other than the knowledge she is making a difference by helping others and it is wonderful to see her hard work and spirited devotion recognised.”

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