A YOUNG woman has been short-listed for a national award for her work helping disabled people – despite living with the effects of a severe brain injury herself.
Christina Corp, from Glyn Way in Stubbington, is one of only three people from across the UK competing for the title of achiever of the year in the annual awards run by Headway, the brain injury charity.
Eight years ago Christina was involved in a horrific car crash that left her in a 13-week coma with only a slim chance of survival.
But she has stunned her family and medical staff with her recovery.
And through her courage and determination the 25-year-old has rebuilt her life, with help from the charity Headway,
She returned to college and completed a three-year health and social care course, she volunteers in the Headway charity shop in Fareham, works to encourage others in a similar condition and regularly gives talks to increase the public’s understanding of brain injury.
Proud mum Jackie nominated her and said: ‘The list of activities that Christina now takes part in goes on and on.
‘She has done so much that I lose count of her achievements
‘Coming to terms with her enormous disabilities and overcoming adversity in the way she has is inspirational in itself, but she has gone so much further than that.
‘Her main priority in life is to help others and show that there can be life after brain injury.’
Christina said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I was told I was nominated.
‘It is hard not having memories and it does make me sad that I can’t remember my school and college life. But I was determined to prove the doctors wrong – and I think I’ve done that.’
The winner will be named at a glittering ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel in London on December 7.
For more information about Headway Portsmouth, visit headwayportsmouth.co.uk.