An especially pleasant task that Council members have during their February meeting every year is to consider nominations put forward for Epilepsy Action’s branch of the year and for branch members of the year. Apart from providing the opportunity to recognise and thank the outstanding efforts of a group of branch volunteers, these awards highlight the invaluable contributions that all branches and their volunteers make to the work of the charity and to improving the lives of people with epilepsy in their local communities.
These are the people who selflessly give their time and their many talents to the voluntary service of Epilepsy Action to help people with epilepsy and their families.
Council decided that the Llanelli branch was the deserving winner of the 2009 ‘Branch of the Year’ award for their fantastic work in raising awareness about epilepsy in their local area and throughout west Wales. Amongst other notable achievements, as a result of their actions, every GP practice and every pharmacy in Llanelli has signed up to Epilepsy Action’s epilepsy aware scheme. Llanelli is now the most ‘epilepsy aware’ town in the UK.
Other branches nominated for the award and all highly commended were: the West Midlands Forum, Exeter, Harrogate, Antrim and Basildon & Thurrock.
Ten people were awarded ‘branch member of the year’ awards for their personal contributions to their branches. They are: Beth DeNobrega, Preston branch; Roger DeNobrega, Preston branch; David Morris, Llanelli branch; Irene Bevers, Doncaster branch; Nicki Garrard, Sudbury branch; Dora Kostiuk, Nottingham branch; Colette McCool, Foyle branch; Bell Watson, Warwick & District branch; Barbara Peat, Ashford branch and Dean Hawker, North Devon branch.
Each one of them immensely deserves their accolade - be it for the time they give to help others; for their leadership and enthusiasm; for their dedication and care for others; for their tenacious fundraising; for their skills in raising awareness or for their efforts to improve local services. They all demonstrate the very best attributes and values of Epilepsy Action. Congratulations to them all.
Amongst other issues discussed was the Association’s current risk profile and arrangements for the AGM later this year. Council also heard an update on events being held during the Diamond Jubilee year.