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.
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Northern College is one of just four adult residential colleges in England and we draw students from all over the country to come to study in Barnsley.
They are often amazed at the beauty of the college and the surrounding countryside as well as by the friendliness of local people - something else Barnsley can be proud of.
Northern College is keen to support the Proud of Barnsley Awards to help put both the town and the college on the map. The college feels it is an important part of this vibrant town and makes sure it does its bit to get Barnsley more recognition.
People come to the college from many different backgrounds. Men and women of all ages, from 19 to over 70, often with families and dependants, some single parents accompanied by young or school-age children, many familiar with unemployment or part-time, low paid jobs. But what they nearly all have in common is their determination to secure education, qualifications and opportunities they have been previously denied. Some come to the college for short three day courses, some live at the college for nine months.
Principal, Jill Westerman CBE, said: “We are proud of where we are and what we do and this helps us to provide a supportive environment for our students.
“We chose the Triumph Over Adversity award as for many of our students it epitomises their learning journey.
“Every day at the Northern College I see the persistence of Barnsley people who are succeeding against the odds and last year I had the privilege of meeting the finalists for the Triumph Over Adversity award and hearing their stories.
“I was very proud that the Northern College was able to sponsor this award for the second year.”
Jill Westerman CBE