Horncastle man wins prestigious award

Andy Jackson with his family at the awards in Leeds
Andy Jackson with his family at the awards in Leeds

A Horncastle man, who has epilepsy, has been awarded a volunteer of the year award by national charity Epilepsy Action.

Andy Jackson received a campaigning award at a special ceremony in Leeds this week.

For over five years, Mr Jackson has campaigned passionately to improve epilepsy services in Lincolnshire.

His story has been featured in the News as he revealed the problems he and other epileptics face, including the lack of a specialist nurse.

Last year, Mr Jackson contacted Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell who raised his concerns with the Department of Health.

As a result, work is underway to employ a specialist epilepsy nurse and consultant neurologist in Lincolnshire.

Mr Jackson’s efforts have resulted in other improvements, including the renaming of a Lincolnshire epilepsy clinic. He has also lobbied his local clinical commissioning group to review its neurology services.

Mr Jackson said “I’m delighted to receive the award. Knowing my campaigning plays a part in improving the lives of other people affected by epilepsy is really rewarding.”

Philip Lee, chief executive at Epilepsy Action, said: “We’re delighted to acknowledge Andy. His tireless campaigning and commitment make him an ideal and worthy recipient.”

“These awards reflect the wonderful efforts of the recipients and mark our appreciation for the tremendous work that all our volunteers undertake. A

“t Epilepsy Action much of our achievements come about because of the support of our fantastic volunteers.

“Those here today have played a very special role in helping us to improve the lives of the 600,000 people with epilepsy across the UK.”

Epilepsy Action’s National Volunteer Awards aim to recognise the outstanding support given to the charity by its volunteers nationwide.

A total of 18 awards were presented across eight categories.

For more information about volunteering opportunities at Epilepsy Action visit epilepsy.org.uk/volunteer or call the local services team on 0113 210 8800.