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Charity stalwart given special award

Norman Keen, a pioneering charity campaigner, has been recognised for over a decade of tireless work.

Norman, of Grange Park Avenue, Winchmore, was awarded the Stephen McAleese award for his work over 18 years setting up the east London branch of Headway, a charity that helps people who have suffered brain injuries.

The hard working and modest fundraiser admitted that he was surprised to be named as the winner: “I thought it was really good,” he said. “It is nice to have some acknowledgement for what I have been doing.”

Norman started working with Headway after his son David suffered tragic brain injuries after he was hit by a car in 1993. He set up Headway House in Hackney with a small group of fundraisers. The charity provide support for victims of brain injury and their families.

Peter McCabe, the chief executive of Headway, described Norman’s work as “inspirational”.

“Brain injury can completely change entire families – not just the individuals concerned,” he said. “His contribution over the past 18 years has been exceptional – both on a national and local level – and he is a very worthy winner of this special award.”

The Stephen McAleese award is named after a Headway champion who passed away last year after defying his own brain injury to help countless people throughout the UK.

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