Tell us about friends or relatives who have triumphed over major health problems

9th February 2016

There is still time to nominate people for awards celebrating outstanding recoveries from illness and injury around Dorset.

The Road to Wellness 2016 awards aim to showcase inspirational stories of kindness, courage and innovation where local residents have battled to overcome debilitating physical or mental health setbacks.

Organised by Dorset HealthCare, the awards will recognise patients, carers and support groups at a ceremony at Kingston Maurward, near Dorchester, next month – but all nominations must be submitted by midday on Monday (15 February).

Categories include:

  • Group Award – where a group of people have supported their peers in making a recovery
  • Kindness Award – where someone has shown particular compassion and kindness in helping someone
  • Innovation Award – where someone has come up with a new idea to aid a person’s recovery
  • Inspiration Award – where a person has inspired others by fighting to overcome severe difficulties in their recovery
  • Courage Award – where a person has been particularly brave in the face of adversity to recover from their problems
  • Communication Award – where someone has helped others by sharing their own experiences of rehabilitation and recovery
  • Carers Award – where someone has shown outstanding commitment, support and positivity to aid another person’s recovery
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – a particularly great story where someone has done exceptionally well to recover or made a real difference in helping another’s recovery.

Nominees must have used a service provided by Dorset HealthCare as part of their recovery.

Anyone can submit a nomination, either for themselves or someone they know. If you are not sure which category your nominee fits into, you can nominate them for more than one award.

To nominate a patient, carer or group, go to, call 01202 277118 or pick up a paper nomination form at any Dorset HealthCare Trust community hospital or other site, plus many GP surgeries.

Please make sure you have the consent of the person you are nominating.

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