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Triumph Over Adversity

Triumph Over Adversity

Ian Pratt was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in September 2012 and has raised great awareness of the condition.

He and wife Catherine recently renewed their wedding vows and Ian has recorded a number of video diaries and messages for his four-year-old daughter Georgiana for when he is not here.

MND is an illness which ravages the central nervous system and affects how people walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe.

Those affected generally die within three to five years.

Ian, 45, of Newhill Road, Monk Bretton, knows his body is wasting away - he has lost more than five stones in weight.

Upon receiving his award for Triumph Over Adversity, Ian said: "I'm a bit overwhelmed, but it's amazing. To think people thought enough of me to nominate me and then to be shortlisted and go one to win - I never thought it would be possible. It will be a proud moment for Georgiana.

"There has been progression, the disease is now quite aggressive. I can't change the fact that I'm going to die, so what can I do about it? It's about being positive and making people aware - everyone will go home and look at what Motor Neurone Disease is and familiarise themselves.

"It gives me a focus and something to do and a chance still to be valuable and do something for the greater good."

Don’t forget to nominate someone who you think deserves to be recognised.

This is always a popular category and proves just how many people in Barnsley have shown outstanding bravery in the face of illness, disability, adversity or have rebuilt their lives after a serious injury.

Our winner may have committed a single heroic act, battled against adverse circumstances or made a remarkable come back from a life changing event.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.

  • What has your nominee done to overcome a personal difficulty?
  • Have they made a stand to improve their life or the lives of others?
  • Have they shown courage in overcoming a traumatic experience?

Whatever the knock, this category recognises those people who have picked themselves back up and got on with things. If you know someone who fits the bill, nominate them for this award.