26th November 2019
How we are going to remember Susan and ensure that her legacy continues to help people affected by migraine and improve understanding of the condition
It was our dear friend and colleague Susan Haydon’s funeral on Friday 8 November.
We miss Susan every day but her funeral gave staff at The Migraine Trust the chance to properly say thank you and farewell.
We also got the chance to tell Susan’s family just how much she meant to all of us here, how many hundreds of thousands of lives she made better during her 17 years at The Migraine Trust, and how we intend to remember her.
I promised that I would let you all know about our plans as well.
After a lot of deliberation, we’re going to do four things in memory of Susan and her incredible contribution to our wonderful charity and people affected by migraine.
Susan was passionate about encouraging the most talented into the migraine world and improving understanding about migraine. So the first three ideas draw on these themes.
Firstly, we’re going to provide an annual ‘Susan Haydon Scholarship Award’ to which anyone in the UK undertaking a Masters in Headache Disorders, Neurology or an associated subject can apply.
Secondly, we’re going to offer five free places to student researchers to attend our biennial Migraine Trust International Symposium (MTIS). The next MTIS is on 10-13 September 2020.
Thirdly, we are going to name one of the MTIS keynote lectures in Susan’s memory with the theme of improving patient and public understanding about migraine.
Finally, we are going to set up an annual ‘Susan Haydon Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution’. We wanted to create a way for Susan to continue to say “well done, great work!” to staff here and this felt like a really positive way for us to do that.
So that’s what we’re doing. We hope the ways we’ll be remembering Susan will make sure she is never forgotten and that even after her death she can continue to do what she was most proud of doing – improving the lives of people affected by migraine.