A mum from Eastbourne who was the driving force behind getting two charities up and running has been recognised for her dedication.
Marie Baker received the ‘Best Volunteer Award’ at the Sussex Awards, which recognises those who have gone the extra step to benefit others right across the country.
Hundreds of people attended the ceremony which was held at The Hilton Metropole in Brighton and hosted and organised by Media Sound Holdings.
Marie was nominated by fellow trustee, Rachel Moran, not only for her work in establishing the new Eastbourne charity Epilepsy Lifestyle, but also for the five years she put into setting up, establishing and running the national charity Dravet Syndrome UK.
She was the driving force behind Dravet Syndrome UK and led the charity to an incredibly successful point before resigning and starting up Epilepsy Lifestyle.
Marie established Dravet Syndrome UK in 2009, following her daughter Aimee’s diagnosis of the life-limiting condition when she was just nine months old.
Dravet Syndrome causes very hard to control seizures and learning disability.
The other charity, Epilepsy Lifestyle, is dedicated to improving the lives of local children and adults diagnosed with epilepsy.
Marie was delighted to win but equally thrilled her daughter’s paediatric consultant, Dr John Mitchell, was the winner in the healthcare category.
Dr Mitchell is a Paediatric Consultant at the DGH and Marie nominated him for the dedication he has shown to her family since her daughter, Aimee, first started having seizures at four-months-old.
Marie said, “Being able to give my time to Epilepsy Lifestyle is made easier by the fantastic support I have from my friends, family and the amazing medical team we have working with our daughter.”
For more information about Epilepsy Lifestyle visit: www.epilepsylifestyle.org.uk or call 07415 007575.