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'Exceptional' Berkshire man wins national volunteering award

Fri 08 Dec 2023

A dedicated Berkshire man has won a national volunteering award from UK charity Headway – the brain injury association.

Each year, Headway holds a glittering awards ceremony at the Landmark London hotel, celebrating the achievements and contributions of people with brain injuries and those who support them.

John Marriage, 78, from Newbury, has volunteered for brain injury charity Headway Basingstoke for over a decade, going above and beyond to improve the lives of brain injury survivors.

He helps out in countless ways, including dedicating his weekends to tending clients' vegetable gardens, despite requiring a 40-mile round trip each time.

These acts of kindness have seen John receive Headway's Volunteer of the Year Award, which was sponsored by Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP. It was presented by Olympic gold medallist and Headway Vice President James Cracknell at the Landmark London hotel.

When asked how it feels to win, John said: "I am absolutely elated. This is just the icing on the cake, I never expected to be here let alone win. It's all about the people I work with at Headway. This is for them."

John was nominated for the award by Daniel Snyman from Headway Basingstoke. Daniel said:

"John's impact at Headway Basingstoke cannot be overstated. He has made meaningful connections with our clients, acting as a beacon of support, reassurance, and empathy.

"He is an exceptional volunteer at our organisation, demonstrating unwavering dedication, selflessness, and an unmatched commitment to our cause.

"His desire to foster a nurturing environment for our clients is unparalleled and inspires us all. His positive influence on our organisation is immeasurable, and it is hard to envision Headway Basingstoke without his invaluable contributions."

Luke Griggs, Chief Executive of Headway – the brain injury association, said:

"For more than a decade, John has proven himself to be an exceptionally kind and selfless person, always going above and beyond to help others. His volunteering efforts have been invaluable and are greatly appreciated by all those whose lives he has touched."

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Headway - the brain injury association is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Charity no. 1025852) and the Office of the Scottish Regulator (Charity no. SC 039992). Headway is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no. 2346893.

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