Physiotherapist wins excellence award judged by GP at Life After Stroke Awards

Hampshire physiotherapist Melissa Peters won the professional excellence award at the Stroke Association's Life After Stroke Awards in central London.

Andrew Marr presents the award to Melissa Peters as Andy Pearce looks on Pic: N Durham
Andrew Marr presents the award to Melissa Peters as Andy Pearce looks on Pic: N Durham

The award, judged by GP acting editor Neil Durham, was presented by BBC journalist Andrew Marr at a ceremony at The Dorchester hotel off Park Lane in Mayfair on Thursday afternoon.

Melissa, from Farnborough in Hampshire, was nominated by patient Andy Pearce who said: ‘Last year my life fell apart overnight when I suffered a haemorrhagic stroke. But if I had known I was going to meet the world’s best physio I wouldn’t have been half as worried as I was.

‘She spurred me on, gave me a shoulder to cry on (and a cup of tea to cry into), and a kick in the pants when required. She helped me stand up by myself and taught me how to walk again. I’m glad my first steps were with her. She is my hero.’

Mr Marr said: ‘We are here to celebrate life after stroke. Most things are worse but not everything. I am now congratulated for walking down the street and into pubs.’

The judges said: ‘The best endorsements are always from satisfied recipients of care and the tribute to the 'world's best physio' from her grateful patient was so moving and testament to a job brilliantly done.’

A total of 11 awards were presented and the event was hosted by Karren Brady, West Ham vice-chairman, government small business advisor and star of BBC’s The Apprentice. Other celebrities present included Christopher Biggins, Lord Sugar, Nick Hewer, Russell Howard and Tim Vine.

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