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Man who suffered brain injury wins Good Citizens award

A Grantham man who suffered a severe brain injury in an accident has won an unsung hero award.

Jamie Bates was presented with the honour at the Good Citizens Awards, held to recognise Lincolnshire's local heroes.

Winners were chosen for their outstanding contribution to changing lives and supporting communities following nominations by friends, neighbours and colleagues in recognition for their tireless efforts to help others.

Jamie won this year's Individual award. Eight years ago, he sustained horrific injuries following an accident during a night out in Grantham and survived two major brain injuries. He was then in a coma for two and a half years. Following a referral to sports project Positive Futures by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service in 2017, his recovery has gone from strength to strength and he is now a volunteer sports coach for underprivileged young people.

Coun Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: "I am proud to say that our county has a great tradition of volunteering, so, with that in mind, the county council created the Good Citizens Awards to give us the opportunity to recognise our own unsung heroes.

"This year's winners are truly inspirational, and make a huge difference to their communities through their unstinting commitment."

Old school friend and Grantham Community Sports Worker Dominic Fieldhouse said: "Jamie's story of how he survived two traumatic brain injuries to become a voluntary sports coach within our community sports project is incredibly inspirational and a testament to his enduring optimism."

Winners received their awards at the Lincolnshire Show from Coun Hill and chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, Coun Ron Oxby.

For more information, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/goodcitizensaward.

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