A Wearside stroke survivor has received an award in recognition of his bravery.
Steven Hogg, 57, was given a Highly Commended Life After Stroke Award from the Stroke Association, in recognition of his courage and support for other stroke survivors.
He had a stroke in 2005 when he was told he would never walk or talk again.
However, he proved everybody wrong, and five years later Steven began volunteering for the Stroke Association’s Family and Carer support service in Sunderland.
He visits patients while in hospital and once back at home, to help provide comfort to people coming to terms with a life after stroke.
Hannah Parrington, family and carer support co-ordinator at the Stroke Association, nominated him.
She said: “Steve is extremely empathic and uses his gentle manner to help develop an excellent rapport with patients whilst they are in hospital.
“Our service would not be what it is without him. His loyalty, commitment, enthusiasm and dedication is exceptional.”
Steve received his certificate from BBC Look North’s Paul Mooney.
Steve said: “I was over the moon to receive the award and it was a complete surprise to be nominated.
“My stroke was very severe, and afterwards I was left with aphasia, meaning I had trouble communicating.
“It would have been easy for me to just sit at home in front of the TV.
“Instead, volunteering for the Stroke Association has given me a purpose, and it helps me as just much as the patients I support.”
Peter Moore, regional head of operations for the Stroke Association in the North East, said: “A stroke happens in an instant and often changes lives forever.
“We were thrilled that so many of our community in the North East were nominated to receive a Life After Stroke Award.
“Our regional event highlights the tremendous courage people have shown in rebuilding their lives after a stroke, or in helping others to do the same.”
The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards recognise the courage shown by stroke survivors and carers as well as the great work and commitment shown by health professionals, groups and supporter organisations.
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For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 3033 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.