‘Gobsmacked’ Barbara’s up for a national charity honour

Barbara Hilton and Lisa Bush
Barbara Hilton and Lisa Bush

A campaigner who suffered a brain injury in an attack at her home is in the running for a national award for her work helping others.

Barbara Hilton, from Benington, is one of just three people competing for the Volunteer of the Year title handed out by brain injury charity Headway.

Barbara suffered her injury nine years ago. It went undetected at first, with doctors thinking she had stress but she suffered constant headaches and could not remember conversations or passwords.

She then had a scan which revealed she had a a blood swelling on her brain.

She said: “I was medically retired from my job, which ironically involved working in a social services day centre for people with brain injuries. While it was a relief to finally understand why I could no longer function as I once did, I realised I needed help.”

After getting help from Headway Barbara decided to give something back and set up a satellite branch called The Boston Social Group.

It meets once a month at the Five Bells in Butterwick, giving people chance to come together and share help and advice.

Barbara says she was ‘gobsmacked’ to be put up for the award for her work at the group after being nominated by proud daughter Lisa Bush.

She said: “I still can’t believe I’m a finalist. It’s even more special knowing that my daughter nominated me. I can’t wait for the big day!”

The awards will be decided in London on December 7.