Awards events recognises Spinal Injuries Scotland volunteers

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Digby Brown recently sponsored and hosted Spinal Injuries Scotland’s (SIS) fifth annual national awards lunch.

The event recognises the special contribution of individuals and families in supporting people with spinal injuries, their families and carers.

SIS Awards Winners with Digby Brown, David Allen and John Clark, Chair, SIS

Digby Brown have worked with SIS for over ten years, using our expertise as personal injury lawyers in Scotland to support people who, though no fault of their own, suffer a Spinal Cord injury, helping them to achieve financial recourse in line with their future needs.  Digby Brown is the only personal injury solicitors in Scotland recommended by SIS.

Upon arrival in Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, guests enjoyed a glass of champagne and the chance to meet each other while looking out over the Clyde before being called through for the awards ceremony and lunch.

Guests at the pre-lunch reception for the Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) awards 2012

Robert Swanney, Partner and Head of Digby Brown’s Spinal Injury Unit,  welcomed guests. Robert asked guests to reflect that, while both Digby Brown and SIS have undergone significant change recently, both organisations have remained true to their core values and mission statements.

John Clark, Chair of SIS, described the event as “our opportunity to acknowledge and thank those who have made a special contribution to the work that we do and everyone involved in our volunteers programme.”

Each award winner received a unique, wooden sculpture, designed and created by Ike Curran, founder of Wheelchair Woodturners, a not for profit organisation created to help and advise disabled people in learning a new craft or skill.  Ike spoke about his work and the inspirations behind each of the four pieces.

David Allen, director of the Spinal Injuries Unit at Glasgow’s Southern General hospital, presented the first award of the afternoon to Laura Torrance for outstanding efforts as a volunteer of behalf of SIS.

Presenting the award, David praised Laura for the upbeat attitude that she brings to all of her work, from representing SIS at Naidex Scotland and The Motability Roadshow to peer support outreach in spinal injury clinics across Scotland and speaking to students at Glasgow Caledonian University about living with a spinal injury.

Robert Swanney from Digby Brown then stepped forward to recognise the tireless fundraising efforts of the Eastcroft Family, Andrew, Lynda and George

Since Andrew’s injury in 2008, the Eastcrofts’ have inspired volunteers, fun runners and even a dance troupe to raise vital funds for SIS. Just as importantly, their hard work has raised awareness of spinal injuries and the work done by Spinal Injuries Scotland.

The Richardson family, Andy Richardson, his wife Julie and his parents Walter and Fiona, were next to be called to the stage to receive an award. John Clark presented the award in recognition of their outreach work to raise awareness of spinal injury and their work with other families in similar situations.

John paid tribute to the work of the whole Richardson family, noting that the whole family have given moving talks about their different experiences since Andy’s injury and the extensive work they have done to help and support other families in similar situations.

The final award of the afternoon was presented to Irene Clark by David Allen.

David spoke of Irene’s invaluable work as the public face and first point of contact for the Spinal Injuries Unit, helping patients and their families, often in difficult circumstances and during challenging times.

John Clark closed the awards part of the day, looking ahead to an exciting few months for SIS and a continued partnership with Digby Brown, leaving guests free to enjoy their lunch and the rest of a memorable event.

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