A MOTHER has spoken of her pride at being nominated for a national award by her son two years after he nearly died in a fall.
Simon Hales, of Burley Road, Langham, fell 20ft and landed on his head during a night out with friends.
He was in a coma for five weeks and since he woke up has faced a long and challenging battle to rebuild his life.
But his mum Jane has been there to support him every step of the way and to thank her Simon has nominated her for the Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway award.
Jane said: “When I heard Simon had nominated me for the award I just thought it is fantastic that he has reached a level in his recovery where he could do that on his own.
“I don’t feel I’m worthy of winning a national award though.”
Since Simon’s accident the mother-of-three has raised £30,000 for Headway through local events and walking the Great Wall of China.
The family, including Simon’s brothers George, 18, and Tim, 21, also took part in a Channel 4 documentary to highlight the effect brain injuries can have on the patients and their families.
Simon’s recovery has been helped by the team at Headway Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland which has provided a support worker once a week to help him with everything from applying for benefits to going shopping.
Jane said: “Headway has provided our family with so much support and continues to do so. I’m more than happy to help such a worthy cause.
“Simon is independent now but he still has to cope with fatigue and deal with people not understanding why his speech is slurred and his lack of balance.
“Headway has ways for him to cope with these problems and is also a great help to families. For many people it is the only support they have.”
The winner of the Headway award will be announced at a ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel in London on December 2.
Simon, 22, said: “My mum is amazing. Without her support I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am so proud of her and really pleased her hard work is being recognised in this way. I can’t wait to see her on stage.”
Jane’s next fundraising event will be a Clarins lunch at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, where she works as an event manager, on Friday, November 18 at midday.
Tickets cost £22, which includes a two-course lunch, champagne and a demonstration by a Clarins beauty therapist and a Paul Mitchell stylist.
Tickets are available on 01572 724678.