North Derbyshire charity hero is nominated for a top award

Pictured is Headway charity supporter Peter Shaw, of Chesterfield, who has been nominated for a top award.
Pictured is Headway charity supporter Peter Shaw, of Chesterfield, who has been nominated for a top award.

A devoted father who rebuilt his son’s life following a devastating brain injury has been shortlisted for a national award for his dedication to helping families facing similar ordeals.

Peter Shaw, 78, of Chesterfield, is one of just three people across the UK to be recognised at a national awards ceremony for The Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award for devoting 14 years service to brain injury charity Headway North Derbyshire.

He said: “I am overwhelmed and humbled. It is touching to be shortlisted for an award named after someone who Neal knew. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support my family received from Headway in Chesterfield in the early days of Neal’s recovery.”

Peter was introduced to the charity three years after his son Neal, of Chesterfield, sustained a severe brain injury in a road traffic accident.

Peter and his late wife Jean became involved with Neal’s care. Peter worked closely with rehabilitation centres and care workers to help his son move into his own accommodation in 2002 along with specialist support.

Neal attended and volunteered at Headway’s Chesterfield branch and in 2002, retired telecommunications manager Peter became Chairman of the branch which expanded to become Headway North Derbyshire.

Committee member Neil Whiteley, who nominated Peter, said: “Ever since Peter became involved with Headway he has been a keen volunteer who very quickly became an integral cog in the local charity. He leads Headway North Derbyshire with dignity and fairness as a passionate and effective ambassador for Headway and he has achieved much and inspired many. He is so well respected that clients now dub him Mr Headway for his ceaseless commitment to the cause.”

A ceremony will be held at The Dorchester, in London, on December 3, where awards will be presented by Olympic Gold medallist and Headway Vice Chairman James Cracknell.