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Inspirational stories of people across Dorset who have recovered from serious illness or injury have been spotlighted at a health awards ceremony.
The annual Road to Wellness Awards, organised by Dorset HealthCare, celebrate people who have battled to overcome debilitating physical or mental health problems – or helped others to do so.
And this year’s presentation ceremony at Talbot Health School, in Bournemouth, provided moving testimony of how kindness, courage and innovation can help turn lives around.
Healthcare staff, relatives, carers and friends nominated a host of people and groups across six different categories. The shortlisted finalists, their nominators and other guests all attended the event, where the winners were announced.
Award winner Calvin Glen also performed a couple of songs about mental health to close the evening.
Dorset HealthCare Chair Ann Abraham, who presented the Outstanding Achievement Award, said:
“I would like to thank everyone for sharing their stories with us. We thought that all our finalists should have an award.
“I firmly believe that the best outcomes are achieved when NHS staff work closely with patients and their families and carers, and that has been clearly demonstrated through these awards."