National award for WAVE Trauma Centre

WAVE Trauma Centre, Ballymoney who recently won a national award.
WAVE Trauma Centre, Ballymoney who recently won a national award.

WAVE Trauma Centre Ballymoney recently won a national award for excellence in health and wellbeing.

WAVE received the prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, who are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health and wellbeing charities.

In addition to the recognition and funding, WAVE will receive access to training and development worth an estimated £6,000. It will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network. The Network supports more than 60 award-winning charities with the opportunity to develop their leaders, share and learn from each other’s experiences and expertise, and build the recognition of their contribution to their communities.

WAVE will receive its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 14th May, along with the other nine winners. An overall winner, who will receive a further £10,000 in unrestricted funding, will be revealed on the night.

Katie Pinnock, Director, UK & Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK said: “Over the past 20 years, WAVE has grown from a small group of passionate women to a highly recognised major trauma centre operating across Northern Ireland. Its work for and on behalf of victims is to be applauded. It demonstrates sophistication in its approach and its achievements are impressive. This award is well deserved.”

Sandra Peake, Chief Executive Officer at WAVE, said: “This award could not have been won without the dedication and commitment of the staff and volunteers at WAVE and they will draw great strength and encouragement from this recognition by GSK. At a time when everyone in the voluntary sector is facing cutbacks, the additional £30,000 in unrestricted funding could not be timelier, enabling WAVE to reach out to more people. The need for trauma service provision is great and there have been significant increases in the numbers of people presenting for help particularly the number of men. We all owe GSK and The Kings Fund a great debt of gratitude for continuing to support and acknowledge charities doing important work in this way.”