The Sunderland stroke survivor who became a Best of Health winner- and an ambassador for hundreds of others

Best of Health Community Service/Unsung Hero Award winners Marie Farish and Steven Hogg.
Best of Health Community Service/Unsung Hero Award winners Marie Farish and Steven Hogg.
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A Sunderland dad loves it when the light shines on his dining room - because the rays glint on his Best of Health trophy.

Inspirational Steven Hogg was the winner of Customer Service/ Unsung Hero category at last year’s awards finale.

The trophy is on display in my dining room. When it is sunny, the sun shines through it

Steven Hogg

He described the event as “very well organised” and admitted he was totally shocked to be announced as a winner.

“They read out all the names and mine was last. But then they said my name and I had won. I didn’t expect it.”

Judges loved the story of Steven’s fightback from a stroke to help others in the same situation.

Now, he helps with research to make sure stroke services are delivered in the way that patients like himself want. He also volunteers for the Stroke Association, helping several stroke survivors, and is an ambassador for City Hospitals Sunderland.

Steven has his trophy on show in the dining room of his home. “When it is sunny, the light shines through it,” he said.

He suffered his first stroke in April 2005 when he was 47.

He lost mobility in his right arm and had to learn how to speak and walk again before returning to his home.

Now, he even travels to London for meetings as an ambassador to discuss how to best help people who have had a stroke.

He urged Sunderland Echo readers to nominate worthy causes for this year’s competition.

he sponsors for this year’s awards are South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, and the Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.

We thank them all for their fantastic backing and watch out for more information on each in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, we need your entries to truly reward those who deserve praise.

The deadline for all nominations is Monday, April 2, and the judges will meet the following week to decide on the shortlist.

The grand final will be held at the Roker Hotel, in Sunderland, on Thursday, April 26.

To nominate, just send your name, address and telephone number, as well as your email address, if applicable. Remember to include the category you are putting your nominated cause into.

Also send the name of the person you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email (if known).

Send all the details to Lynn Wild by no later than Monday, April 2.

Email those entries to lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk or send them to Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.

THE CATEGORIES.

GP/ Practice of the Year.

Hospital Doctor of the Year.

Nurse of the Year.

Community Nurse of the Year.

Dentist/ Practice of the Year.

Optometrist of the Year.

Therapist of the Year.

Care worker of the Year.

Dental Nurse of the Year.

Midwife of the Year.

Pharmacist of the Year.

Team of the Year.

Customer Service/ Unsung hero Award.

Long term Achievement.