Carer set for praise’ on TV show

PUBLISHED: 12:52 02 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:32 06 May 2010

Heather Good with husband Philip

Heather Good with husband Philip

A CARER has been nominated as an Unsung Hero for the BBC s Songs of Praise. Heather Good, 51, of Larkins Close, Baldock, was nominated by her husband Philip and will be starring on the television programme on Sunday, February 12. Not only has Heather help

A CARER has been nominated as an Unsung Hero for the BBC's Songs of Praise.

Heather Good, 51, of Larkins Close, Baldock, was nominated by her husband Philip and will be starring on the television programme on Sunday, February 12.

Not only has Heather helped her husband after a traumatic head injury seven years ago but she also volunteers hours of her time at Headway in Baldock and is eager to promote its cause.

Headway is a charity close to Mrs Good's heart.

It helps people who have suffered head injuries and also gives support and information to their family and carers.

Heather was first faced with the difficulties a head injury can bring to a family in 1998, when her husband suffered a serious accident.

She said: "The hospital saved his life and helped him to learn to walk again but where that stops you have to carry on.

"It's down to the person and their family to help them."

Heather became a member of Headway when it was a much smaller group.

She was looking for some guidance to help her through the new experiences she and her husband were having to deal with.

Heather said: "When my husband was injured I had no idea what was involved so I went along to one of the support group evenings.

"The chairman Sandra Cannon, who also lives in Baldock, then asked me if I would join the committee.

"Over the years it's grown and in 2003 we moved into our own premises, Headway House.

"We are aiming to raise awareness about head injuries and let people know what support is available."

Headway House is open five days a week and holds support group meetings, courses, social events and even organises holidays.

Heather has been volunteering her time at the centre for seven years and puts in a lot of hours.

She said: "I like being able to help people that are going through the same traumas as my husband and I did.

"To give people hope, which we weren't given, and to put a smile on someone's face is really important."

As part of her television appearance on Songs of Praise, Unsung Hero Heather got the chance to sing too.

"We went with some friends to watch the filming of the rest of the programme at St Luke's in London.

"We spent the evening rehearsing the songs alongside four choirs and then they recorded it.

"It was really exciting to see how they put the programme together, you don't realise how much hard work goes into it. I'm really looking forward to seeing it on the television.

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