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Influencer of the Year Award

Our Influencer of the Year Award is about recognising individuals who go above and beyond in being a voice for change to accelerate a cure for brain tumours.

Our community often stand up for issues that would otherwise go unnoticed or unappreciated. They champion the cause to ensure no one gets left behind and that their voices can’t be ignored.

This award celebrates an individual who’s dedicated to going above and beyond for everyone affected by a brain tumour and is helping us reach our goals.

Nominations for Celebrating You 2023, have now closed!

We look forward to sharing the shortlists with you in January 2023.

Thank you to everyone who made a nomination this year.

2020 winners and shortlist

Winner: Laura Nuttall

Laura (left) was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in late 2018 following persistent headaches. We are in awe of the amazing things she has done for The Charity and the huge amount of awareness she has raised while going through such challenging times with her family.

On top of handing out HeadSmart cards, building a huge social media following, speaking honestly on radio and TV multiple times and being featured in many publications, Laura has also raised funds for us and supported us at events. She is a true inspiration.


Tanya Turnbull

Tanya has taken every opportunity she can to raise awareness of brain tumour symptoms and the lack of funding for research into brain tumours. Her fund, set up in memory of her son Sam, has raised an astonishing amount for paediatric research.

Iain Mclean

Iain has been campaigning and raising awareness in Scotland, to help reduce diagnosis times in young adults and for better patient care following a diagnosis, in memory of his son, Duncan.

In 2022, Iain was recognised as a Platinum Champion by the the Royal Voluntary Service.

2018 winners and shortlist

Winner: Grace Latter

Despite living with a brain tumour, Grace has dedicated a great deal of her time to fundraising, awareness raising and supporting the community. She joined our Young Ambassador programme in 2017.

Grace has shared her story across her own social media channels and in both national and regional press to raise awareness of brain tumours.

Grace worked closely with The Charity to help us launch our first set of supporter vlogs, documenting daily life living with a brain tumour, giving the brain tumour community the chance to asks questions about her diagnosis, symptoms and after-effects. These vlogs form an important part of our supporter services.


Holly Matthews

Holly is a prominent vlogger and campaigns for greater awareness of brain tumours as one of The Brain Tumour Charity’s High Profile Supporters.

She uses her online presence to promote the work of The Charity across a multitude of social media platforms and since her husband Ross’ brain tumour diagnosis in 2013 she has documented the impact on her family’s life, Ross’ diagnosis and treatment.

Ross sadly passed away in July 2017 and since then she has continued to raise greater awareness of the disease, featuring in both national newspapers and magazine articles.

Heather Dearie

Since being diagnosed with a brain tumour Heather has been passionate about both raising awareness and funds for The Charity. In 2022, she was recognised as a Platinum Champion by the the Royal Voluntary Service.

As a Community Ambassador Heather attends many local Charity events and uses both her public and private social media channels to raise awareness of brain tumours.

No matter where Heather goes, she always carries information on The Charity with her, just in case she meets someone influential. More recently this resulted in some support from an X-Factor contestant and American band Train. Heather is always happy to support anyone who has been affected by a brain tumour diagnosis.

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