A couple have received an award from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in recognition of their work with a brain injury rehabilitation centre in Stowmarket.
David and Tina Dixon, from Great Bricett, are active supporters of Icanho, a service run by national disability charity Livability.
Their involvement with Icanho began when Mr Dixond started receiving treatment there following a brain injury, with Mrs Dixon becoming an original carer member of the Icanho Service User Group.
The award was presented at a ceremony in London’s Grocers’ Hall earlier this month.
The couple said: “We are delighted to have received this supporter award and we would like to thank everyone who nominated us. It is really rewarding to be able to help support a service like Icanho, which tirelessly provides people who suffer brain injuries with excellent, tailored care and support.”
Icanho says Mrs Dixon was instrumental in initiating a carers’ satisfaction questionnaire, which commissioners consider to be a significant source of insight.
She and her husband have spoken at local and national events, having a great impact when recounting their personal journey of having to cope with brain injury rehabilitation.
Mr Dixon also helps staff run the reception at Icanho and participates in speech and language sessions to help other service users, while Mrs Dixon assists with the gardening.
The whole family, including son Ben, who collected the award on his parents’ behalf, have also run in marathons, raising considerable sums of money for Icanho.
The Princess Royal Awards were originally created by Livability to recognise the outstanding contribution of its staff but, this year, it broadened their remit to be able to thank some of its outstanding supporters and volunteers.
HRH The Princess Royal, as Livability’s patron, agreed to put her name to the awards.