A BROMSGROVE stroke survivor has collected a top accolade on behalf of his late wife who was awarded it for her dedication to looking after him while she was alive.
Brenda Nock cared for her husband Dennis when he had a devastating stroke in 2013 which left him with very limited movement and communication skills.
Prior to his stroke, he cared for Brenda, who had been diagnosed with cancer. He did the housework, took her to appointments and managed the bills.
But, when he suffered his stroke, he was no longer to do it and needed full-time care and that is when the roles were reversed and his wife cared for him.
Sadly, on September 20, at the age of 78, Brenda passed away.
Her family received the Highly Commended Life After Stroke Award from ITV Central presenter Sameena Ali-Khan at the celebratory Life After Stroke Awards at the Hilton Metropole.
Sameena said she was delighted and humbled to have hosted the event which honoured the amazing achievements of stroke survivors and their families.
“Meeting people of all ages who have survived strokes and hearing the inspiring stories of their loved ones who care for them, was really moving.
“It was a wonderful night that I am very honoured to be part of.”
Adele Bratt, a communication support co-ordinator from the Stroke Association, nominated Brenda for the award.
Bernice Jones, acting regional head of Operations for the Stroke Association in the West Midlands, said: “We are sending all our love and thoughts to the Nock family at this very sad time.
“A stroke happens in an instant and often changes lives forever.”
The Life After Stroke awards, sponsored by Irwin Mitchell, 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. Next year’s nominations are now open.
Visit www.stroke.org.uk/LifeAfterStrokeAwards for more information or for more on stroke in general, visit www.stroke.org.uk or call the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.