Sandra Howard OLM
Founder Trustee

Born and educated in Sheffield. From 1973-1976 she trained at the Royal Infirmary Sheffield as a nurse and has worked in the private sector including the Doctor’s Deputising Service where she dealt with patients’ calls out of surgery hours, until having children.

Her eldest son Gareth, now twenty eight years old is Epileptic and was the youngest person at 16 years old and the second only, to undergo the procedure for Vagus Nerve Stimulation in England, in June 1995.

It was this catalyst which launched the charity F.A.B.L.E. She is responsible for the administration, development and growth of the charity with the support of the other executive trustee members, all of whom give their time voluntarily.

Her family’s experiences of coping with a child with epilepsy is invaluable when dealing with all the people who contact F.A.B.LE

Sandra has been honoured for her involvement over the years with a number of awards they
are:-

1999
The Pride of Britain Award
Charity Fundraiser of the Year

2000
The Whitbread Volunteer Action Awards
"Highly Commended" in recognition of her outstanding service to the community."
Avon “In Praise of Women” Award
Short listed to the final 25 from over 400 nominees

2001
Unsung Heroes Award
Awarded by the Co-Operative Bank & The Sunday Mirror
One of six winners  
The Whitbread Volunteer Action Awards
Highly Commended" in recognition of  outstanding dedication and achievement in volunteering.

2003
The Beacon Fellowship
Highly Commended

2005
The Nationwide Awards for Voluntary Endeavour
Highly Commended

Sheffield University Centenary Awards
One of 100 people in the South Yorkshire area to be awarded a Commemorative medal in acknowledgement of outstanding achievement.

The Vauxhall Community Unsung Heroes Award
one of six winners

2006
The Nationwide Awards for Voluntary Endeavour
Regional winner in the individual category for the Yorkshire, Tyne tees & Northumbria region.

The Beacon Fellowship
Highly Commended

Order of the League of Mercy:-
At The Mansion House in London she met with the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of London on the Occasion of the Investiture of Distinguished Volunteers with the Badge of the Order of Mercy.

2007
Sheffield Lord Mayor’s “Women of Inspiration” Awards
Winner “Women in Health” category.
The Joint Epilepsy Council -  BEST (Best Epilepsy Standards Today) Award
Winner of the Individual Award

2008
Sheffield’s Night of Honours
Lifetime Achievement Award

2013
Network She Awards
Charity Fundraiser of the Year
Winner

Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the year
In Association
with "You" Magazine
Runner Up


South Yorkshire High Sheriff Awards
Certificate of Commendation

2015
Tesco Charitable Mum Of The Year

Winner

2016
Prime Ministers Points Of Light Award

 

 Personal quote:

"Epilepsy not only affects those that suffer from it, it affects the whole family unit"

 

 

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