Mother, counsellor, philanthropist: Elaine is a worthy winner
THE phrase ‘giving something back’ might apply to many people who work tirelessly to help others. But charity founder Elaine Nicholson has been especially recognised for the work she does in our community and beyond.
Corby-based Elaine founded the Action for Asperger’s charity to provide counselling and support for those affected by autism.
And now, her dedication to that cause – which is helping people around the world – has won her a Halifax Giving Extra Award, in praise of those who give extra to make a positive difference.
Elaine is one of 66 winners out of thousands of nominations from across the UK in the third annual Halifax awards, which honour people who bring communities together and help them thrive. Charity fundraisers, sports coaches, community volunteers and many more have been applauded for the contribution they make. The Lloyds Banking Group says the awards are an important part of its ambition to help Britain prosper.
Nominated by Sonia Owen, a former client of the Action for Asperger’s (AfA) charity and current trustee, Elaine started the AfA charity in 2008, having seen the impact that Asperger’s has on the family members of those affected – her son has Asperger’s.
Having completed her Doctorate in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University, Elaine developed a counselling model that has helped some 800 clients.
She volunteers more than 100 hours each week to the charity, providing counselling sessions to clients nationwide and worldwide through Skype sessions. There is a growing demand for her specialist counselling services and Elaine also raises funds to organise day trips to help patients with socialising, so all donations are welcome. Further information can be found at: actionforaspergers.org
Elaine said: “I was astonished to hear that I had won a Halifax Giving Extra Award. Our work is massive, but always undertaken in a quiet, low-key manner and by working in this way there is a tendency to go unnoticed. I am honoured that the work we do at Action for Asperger’s has been recognised in this way.”
Denise Nally, Community Ambassador for Halifax Leicester, said: “The work that Elaine has done for the community is outstanding and truly deserves this recognition. She has truly gone the extra mile for people in our community – and we are delighted to recognise this.”
The 66 local Halifax Giving Extra Award winners each receive £300 in Supercheque vouchers. These local winners are now being put forward to be chosen as one of seven regional winners, who will each receiving £5,000 – to make a further difference in their community.
Russell Galley, group director, Halifax Community Bank, said: “Halifax is committed to bringing communities closer together. We believe we should give extra back to people like Elaine Nicholson who are pivotal to driving positive and lasting change. We’re proud that Elaine is one of our Halifax Giving Extra Award winners.”
Pictured above – PHILANTHROPY IN ACTION: Elaine Nicholson from Corby is the founder of the Action for Asperger’s charity and won the award for the Leicester region. She said: “I am honoured that the work we do has been recognised in this way.”