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Old Girl Receives Award Alongside Charity

Friday, 27 November 2015

Gill Pearl has been awarded the Robin Tavistock Award 2015 alongside the charity Speakeasy, of which she is the chief executive. The international award is presented each year to a group or individual who is inspirational and has made a significant contribution in the field of aphasia.

Speakeasy was the first aphasia charity in the UK and helps to support those who have been diagnosed with this complex acquired communication disorder. Aphasia can occur after a stroke or following brain damage from a tumour or head injury, and those with the disorder find it hard to express what they want to say and have difficulty understanding others. The charity helps to provide therapy session and a wide range of activities, courses and projects for people with communication problems and their families and carers.

Gill has been involved with the Bury charity since 2002, and has been described as a “driving force” in its survival. She was selected not only for her dedication to the charity, but also because of her involvement with different projects and research and her determination to improve the quality of life of those with aphasia.

Speaking about receiving the award, Gill said, “We’re the tenth recipients of the award and I’ve always looked up to the others and admired them. I’m completely taken aback to have been awarded it jointly with Speakeasy. We were so honoured when we found out.”

The Robin Tavistock Award 2015 was presented to Gill by Henrietta, the Duchess of Bedford, at a ceremony in September in London. Speakeasy received the award at the annual Speakeasy conference in October.

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Henrietta, the Duchess of Bedford, presents the award to Speakeasy representatives Stephanie Holland and Jean White, and to Gill Pearl (far right)

Henrietta, the Duchess of Bedford, presents the award to Speakeasy representatives Stephanie Holland and Jean White, and to Gill Pearl (far right)