Prestigious award for man who dedicates life to brain injury awareness

A man with a severe brain injury has won a prestigious national award for his support of others with life-long conditions.

Andy Nicholson, a 47-year-old from Lincoln, was awarded the Alex Richardson Achiever of the Year Award earlier this month.

The national awards programme, run by brain injury charity Headway, celebrates the “outstanding achievements and contributions of people with brain injuries”.

Mr Nicholson suffered his injury after falling 20 feet down a stairwell while on a building site in Leipzig.

But despite his condition, he has since dedicated his life to helping others affected by brain injury.

Mr Nicholson has gone to on to build an online community around his disability, making popular videos which talk about what his experience has been, exploring tricky issues such as relationships, fatigue, pain and seizures.

The Lincolnshire hero also recently hosted a series of sponsored walks to raise awareness of the condition with events taking place in the UK, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and the USA – raising over £1,000 for charity.

Commenting on the achievement, Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: “Despite his own challenges, Andy’s dedication to help other people come to terms with the ongoing consequences of brain injury is relentless.

“He is a very popular member of Headway’s online community and is always ready to offer help and provide support to people.

“On top of this, he is always thinking of ways to support Headway and raise awareness of both our work and brain injury in general. He is very deserving of this award.”