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A prestigious health awards ceremony organised by Dorset HealthCare has showcased moving stories of people living in Dorset who have recovered from serious illness and injury.
The annual Road to Wellness Awards, launched back in 2013, celebrates people who have battled to overcome debilitating physical or mental health problems – or helped others to do so.
This year’s presentation ceremony, held at The Lighthouse in Poole, compered by David Corbin, Equality and Diversity Manager at Dorset HealthCare, highlighted shining examples of how kindness, courage and innovation can help turn lives around.
Dr Prem Jeyapaul, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Trust, said: “These awards are a true celebration of hope and triumph over despair.”
Healthcare staff, relatives, carers and friends nominated individuals and groups across six different categories. The shortlisted finalists, their nominators and other guests all attended the event, where the winners were announced.
Dorset HealthCare Chair Andy Willis, who presented the Outstanding Achievement Award, said: “I’m extremely humbled and moved by the stories of courage, determination and positivity. I would like to thank everyone for sharing their stories with us, and all the nominees should feel incredibly proud.
“To bring together such incredible individuals, of all ages and backgrounds is fantastic, and the Road to Wellness Awards is a great way of celebrating the hard work of staff and our courageous patients in using their experiences to help others.”
Winner of the Courage Award, Gerry Bruce-Ahrens said: “Winning this award makes the journey worthwhile. It’s acknowledgement of your own personal journey, but also recognition for those who have helped you get there - it means so much.”
Inspirational Award winner Alison Mullins said: “This award has given me such a boost, and I think it will give many people the strength to keep going and believing. I also think it’s wonderful that carers are also being recognised, as they play such a pivotal role in a person’s recovery.”
The evening was brought to a close in fitting style, with Outstanding Achievement Award finalist James Lane performing two songs on stage – one of which he wrote about his journey after recovering from a brain haemorrhage four years ago.