Award Winner for Leadership

On Friday 6 March we attended The Inspiring Women Awards at the Wilton Centre in Redcar.  The Awards were created by Anna Turley M.P. and Redcar and Cleveland Council to honour the memory of Mo Mowlam, M.P, who was previously the MP for Redcar and did so much for the UK and Northern Ireland.

100 guests enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea and we were entertained by the very talented female singing trio, The Lipsticks.

We were delighted to learn that our Founder and CEO had been shortlisted for an award.  She was given a Special Recognition Award for Leadership, for her tireless charitable work supporting children and young people living with acquired brain injuries and their families, and for founding Matrix Neurological.

Jan said, “I did not expect to win anything, so it was a real surprise to receive this award.  Thank you the Awards Panel for recognising the work of the whole team at Matrix.”

We wish to extend our congratulations to all the 2020 winners.


"Thousands of children and young people living in the UK today without the help and support that can make a huge difference to their lives"
Dalton Leong; Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
James Tonks; University of London
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
Andrew Ross; former Chief Executive of the Children's Trust
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
Shari Wade; USA
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
Headway; United Kingdom
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increases their learning disability; and has a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to prioritise in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
Recolo; United Kingdom
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
Vicki Anderson; Australia
"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada

OUR MISSION: To work to remove inequalities for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury; and provide effective support to their families that makes a real difference.

Council for Disabled Children Community Funded Charity Excellence Lottery Funded