Case study

Changing lives: Award-winning achievement

23 Mar 2017

University of the West of Scotland Digital Art and Design student Michael Mabon recently won the Alex Richardson Achiever of the Year Award to recognise his outstanding personal achievements after brain injury.

The accolade, sponsored by Slater and Gordon Solicitors, was presented by the charity Headway in London on Friday 16 December.

Michael was studying nursing in Swansea back in 2007, was attacked by a gang just yards from his home in the city after performing a charitable act and buying food for a homeless man.

Michael suffered a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage, was in a coma for a month and was eventually transferred from hospital in Wales to Crosshouse to be nearer his family.

After spending time at Astley Ainslie Rehabilitation Centre in Edinburgh, Michael was eventually discharged to his mother’s house and referred to Headway Ayrshire, a charity which helps local people rebuild their lives after brain injury, Michael then started attending art classes at Headway Ayrshire and is now studying for his degree at UWS.

UWS Vice-Chancellor Professor Craig Mahoney said:

“It is fantastic news to hear that our student, Michael Mabon has won this award. He is a true inspiration to anyone who hears his story.  He has overcome monumental challenges and we are privileged to have him as a student at UWS. He suffered a huge setback after performing an act of charity, yet has shown extraordinary courage to rebuild his life and we are delighted to see that this is recognised with the Achiever of the Year award he so richly deserves.”