A Grangemouth grandmother let the grief of losing her daughter inspire her to raise an amazing £20,000 for charity.
Janice Stevenson (67), of Almond Street, began organising race nights, karaoke and bingo sessions, pool competitions and raffles to bring in cash for the Falkirk branch of brain injury charity Headway after her daughter Janice Hunter died tragically, aged 40, back in 2008 as a result of a head injury.
Now Janice’s good work has been recognised by Headway and she is one of only three people from across the UK shortlisted for The Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway award.
Thanks to help from family and friends and Melanie Clyde and the gang at the Ship Inn, in Newhouse Road, Janice has dedicated the past six years of her life to raising money to help Headway continue to support those affected by brain injuries.
She said: “I couldn’t have done any of the fundraising events without the continued support of my family and Headway Falkirk. When I enter a pub, the locals joke ‘Here she comes – get your wallets out’.
“But it’s also about raising awareness of brain injury. People need to be aware of the fact that one punch or even a single push can so easily lead to someone’s death.
“I’m nobody special, I just want to help people affected by brain injuries.”
The Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award will be presented by double Olympic gold medallist and Headway Vice President James Cracknell at The Dorchester Hotel, London, on Friday, December 5.
Janice will be joined by granddaughter Kelly-Marie (27) at the awards ceremony.