A gran had mixed emotions this week after she was given national recognition for her charity work just days before the anniversary of her daughter’s tragic death.
Janice Stevenson (67) has been the driving force behind the raising of over £30,000 for the brain injury charity Headway.
Her second daughter Janice Hunter died after suffering a serious brain injury in 2008.
Last week, during a glamourous awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London, Janice was honoured as one of three UK finalists in the Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award.
Janice, of Almond Street, Grangemouth, who was nominated by the town’s Peter Haggart, said: “When I first heard about it, I didn’t realise just how lovely it would be.
“My granddaughter told me it was £800 a night to stay at the Dorchester so, because it was such a fancy hotel, I was a bit nervous.
“But it was a lovely night, full of inspirational people.”
Hardworking Janice, a part-time barmaid, returned from London and immediately launched herself into organising more fundraisers, one of which fell on a poignant day.
Janice said: “The sixth anniversary of my daughter’s death was on Tuesday.
“I couldn’t even talk that day, but we went ahead with the fundraiser as a tribute.
“There have been mixed emotions in the past few days.”
Janice has expressed her gratitude to the local community for supporting the charity, with a special thanks to Susan Anderson and Willie McLaren.
She added: “Everyone in Grangemouth knows about Headway.”
Peter McCabe, Headway’s Chief Executive: “This year’s finalists epitomise the incredible dedication, strength and determination of thousands of people across the UK who demonstrating that there can be life after brain injury.
“Janice is an exceptional person who has dedicated her life to helping others.
“Not only has she raised an incredible amount of money to support people in Falkirk affected by brain injury, but she’s provided constant support and encouragement for many years.
“She is truly deserving of national recognition and our heartfelt thanks.”