Posted: Monday, 21st May 2012
James Brownhill, BSc.
THE first award in memory of a MMU student who died whilst climbing in the French Alps was presented yesterday (May 17).
Emma Chadwick received the James Brownhill Award for Clinical Excellence in recognition of her outstanding work whilst on practice clinical placements for her physiotherapy degree.
Emma, a final-year on BSc Physiotherapy, said: “It means so much, and it puts all your hard work into perspective.”
The 21-year-old from Stalybridge, was presented with a trophy and certificate, and the James Brownhill Memorial Fund will also pay her first year’s registration with the Health Professions Council.
James had just completed his degree in physiotherapy when he was killed while climbing in Chamonix last year. His climbing partner, Dave Evans, also died in the accident.
Gary and Christine Brownhill have set up the James Brownhill Memorial Fund in memory of James who was just 22 when he died. The prize will continue to be awarded for the next 10 years to the student with the highest cumulative marks across their five clinical placements.
Gary, who visited the Elizabeth Gaskell campus with his wife this week, said: “It’s another step towards keeping his memory alive. This is yet another example of something we haven’t initiated, that people have wanted to do to support us. It does make a difference, not only to us but to everyone involved – it’s priceless.”
Christine said: “It means a lot as it keeps his name alive and keeps him connected with physiotherapy because he was never able to practice, which he was so looking forward to. He loved his time at university, and it has been lovely how the MMU staff have supported us.”
James’ girlfriend, Sinead Ennis, also studied physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University and was heavily involved in setting up the memorial fund and creating the award. She said: “I think it’s a really nice idea. I went through the same course, and the HPC is something you have to worry about even before you graduate.”
Physiotherapy programme leader Janet Rooney described James as a “spectacular chap”.
She said: “I think everybody who knew James would agree that his was an enormous loss to the profession. We are extremely grateful to the Brownhill family who have been so dignified and generous in working with us to sustain James’ memory.”
Certificates were also presented to Eleanor Jones, in second place, and Thomas Evans, in third.