Accident and emergency nurse practitioner Neasa Braham has won the Tidworth Community Action Garrison Commander’s award for her dedication, enthusiasm and commitment in training military personnel and civilians in her voluntary role at the Kiwi Divers British Sub Aqua Club.
Neasa, is an open water diving instructor and is committed to raising the profile of scuba diving among the Tidworth military and civilian community. She is responsible for running the club’s website, social media and the general and membership duties.
She received the prestigious joint first prize award with the club’s diving officer Major Alex Mills, from Colonel James Denny. Colonel Denny is also the newly appointed Military Governor at Salisbury District Hospital.
Neasa said: "Our award highlights how military personal and local people are working together to enhance our local community, by offering young people new and exciting sporting opportunities, keeping them fit and bringing the sport of scuba diving to a wider audience.”
“The award recognised the many hours both Alex and I have put in to rejuvenating the club and integrating both military and civilians into it. We have raised the profile of the club beyond expectation and, where we had just six members 18 months ago, we now have over 50 who enjoy the benefits of scuba diving and the special community spirit that we have within the club.”
Neasa has been selected as a volunteer instructor to support Help for Heroes in delivering a diving experience for 12 injured military veterans. These veterans are being given the opportunity to learn and qualify as scuba divers on a trip to Malta.
Neasa hopes that this will encourage military veterans with disabilities to join the club and promote a “diving for all” philosophy.