Sandra Howard
Fable Epilepsy Charity Founder
28.10.1954 - 16.11.2017

Read her story here

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Tribute paid to inspirational Sheffield mum and charity founder

 

An inspirational mum that was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer a year ago has died.

Sandra Howard spent the last months of her life urging people to donate to the epilepsy charity she founded, to ensure money continued to be collected as she battled the disease.
Sheffield-born Sandra, helped to raise £3.8million since 1995 for those living with epilepsy through her charity Fable. This followed one of her son’s, Gareth, being diagnosed with the condition which deteriorated over time so by the age of 15 he was having between 15 and 20 seizures most days.

Over the years, Sandra has been fortunate enough to be honoured for her charity work. She was the first recipient of the Pride of Britain “fundraiser of the year” award in 1995, where she met Barbara Windsor who agreed to become one of Fable’s patrons.

In 2005, she was one of 100 people in the South Yorkshire area to be awarded a commemorative medal in acknowledgement of outstanding achievement by the University of Sheffield, followed in 2006 by the Order of the League of Mercy.

The awards kept coming. In 2007 Sandra was nominated for The Sheffield Lord Mayor’s “Women of Inspiration” Awards in the health category and the following year Sheffield’s Night of Honour presented her with a ‘Lifetime achievement’ award.

Close friend Sarah Osborne Green, who also worked for Fable for 18 years and will build on Sandra’s legacy, said: “She was so loving and caring, very selfless; she would do anything for anybody. She suffered terribly in the last 12 months but she never complained, she took it on the chin.”

Story by Stephanie Bateman - The Sheffield Telegraph

https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/tribute-paid-to-inspirational-sheffield-mum-and-charity-founder-1-8873274

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

 

 

 

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