Keown honour for Saintfield man
(centre) who won the Flogas
Shield at The William Keown
Trust Personal Achievement
Awards. Included are Trust
President Kate Smith, Jonathan's
mother Pat, Down Council
Chairman Colin McGrath,
Jonathan's father Tom and Marie
A MAN left disabled by a motorbike accident
has been recognised for his courage at the annual William Keown
Jonathan Keery, from Saintfield was in a coma
for four and a half weeks following an accident in 1999.
He was presented with the William Keown
Personal Achievement Award at the Europa Hotel ceremony held to
celebrate the accomplishments and courage shown by people with
some form of disability. Trust President Kate Smith presented
Jonathan with the Flogas Shield in recognition of his ability to
live life to the full despite his disability which affects the
part of his brain controlling his movements.
Jonathan attends Thompson House on a weekly
basis and with the help of local man Colin Watson has developed
painting skills using apparatus worn on his head.
He has contributed to a number of art
exhibitions including one in the Waterfront Hall. Despite his
disability he completed an NVQ in computer skills and is
secretary of his group based at the Rowan Centre.
The William Keown Trust holds biannual
seminars and public awareness meetings concerning people with
disabilities. Its aims are to change mistaken perceptions about
such people and to promote the understanding of equality and
inclusion for all.