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Award recognises work that rebuilds lives after strokes

Life after stroke awards.
A lunch is held for the recipents of the After Stroke Awards 2013. 

FL; Kevin Baldry.

Life after stroke awards. A lunch is held for the recipents of the After Stroke Awards 2013. FL; Kevin Baldry.

A rehabilitation assistant who helps stroke survivors overcome physical and emotional challenges has been given an award for excellence.

The work of Kevin Baldry was praised at the regional Life After Stroke Awards, last week.

Along with 14 other stroke survivors, supporters and carers, Mr Baldry was presented with an award by Bury St Edmunds MP, David Ruffley.

Mr Baldry, who has worked at Icanho Rehabilitation Centre for 15 years, said: “We do anything from helping people regain the skills to wash and dress, plan and organise meals and budget. It’s all about regaining the skills they have lost.

“It’s great to see what people can get back. It’s life changing not just to the people who have had the stroke but also their families and carers.”

Rosemary Gravell, a speech and language therapist at Icanho Rehabilitation Centre, nominated Mr Baldry.

She said: “Kevin is brilliant at approaching everybody as an individual, he’s a very skilled communicator.”

After presenting the awards, Mr Ruffley said: “The heroes here today are of two kinds. Firstly those stroke survivors who are fighting hard to rebuild their lives.

“The second set of heroes are the supporters, carers and family members who also show great fortitude and courage in helping people get better and reestablish a good quality of life.”

 

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