Colne volunteer honoured with Stroke Association award

AWARD WINNER: John Gott with Sale Sharks rugby stars Mark Cueto and Danny Cipriani (S)
AWARD WINNER: John Gott with Sale Sharks rugby stars Mark Cueto and Danny Cipriani (S)

A dedicated volunteer has become the second Colner in two years to be honoured with a prestigious Stroke Association award.

John Gott (68), who after more than a decade of service is an ambassador for the charity, received a Highly Commended Life After Stroke Award.

He follows in the footsteps of Charlotte Neve (10), who scooped the Stroke Association’s Children and Young People’s award after suffering a series of strokes in 2012.

He was presented with a certificate by Dr Jordi Morrell, stroke consultant at Central Manchester Foundation Trust, and Sale Sharks rugby stars, Mark Cueto and Danny Cipriani, having been nominated by the Stroke Association’s regional fund-raiser Rebecca Owen.

He said: “I really enjoy my role as a volunteer; it’s so important to raise awareness of stroke and help to raise the profile of Stroke Association.

“I particularly love helping to organise events, and the team are always very supportive. It was an honour to be nominated for the Life After Stroke Awards and I’m very thankful to Rebecca. I look forward to many more years volunteering for the Stroke Association.”

Rebecca added: “Always willing to give his time, he is always the first volunteer to turn up to events, sometimes even beating the staff. John has helped out at more events than the team can possibly remember, be it abseiling down the Leasowne Lighthouse or attending a cheque presentation, he has done it.

“The team cannot thank him enough for the time and effort he has given and we look forward to working with him for many more years to come.”

John, who has volunteered at the Bupa Manchester 10km for 10 years, began volunteering for the Stroke Association in 2003.

As a volunteer driver for a local community car scheme, John drove a stroke survivor to a Stroke Association support group, where he learnt more about the condition. After speaking to the local coordinator for the charity, John began to volunteer in Pendle and gradually his role grew.

For more information about stroke, ring 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk