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Peter Shave 'Volunteer of the Year' Award

The Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year Award 2015

20151208 peter shave volunteer of the year awardDifferent Strokes provides support for younger stroke survivors by younger stroke survivors and couldnt do this without the help of many volunteers around the country.  Peter Shave, a longstanding and loyal volunteer at Different Strokes Head Office, passed away suddenly in December 2012.  In memory of Peter and to celebrate his life, and in particular his post-stroke achievements and voluntary work, Different Strokes launched the Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year award in 2015

please think about which volunteer you’d like to win.  It could be someone involved... with your local Different Strokes group, an amazing fundraiser, or perhaps a member of the Different Strokes team who has helped or supported you.

The winner will be chosen by staff at Different Strokes Head Office and announced in January.  They will be looking for a younger stroke survivor who displays Peter’s qualities of reliability, determination in striving to overcome the effects of his stroke, adaptability, enthusiasm, professionalism, kindness and integrity.  Most of all the winner will be making a difference to other younger stroke survivors.

Please send your nomination by personal message or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday 31st December 2015.  The winner will be announced in the New Year.


The Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year Award 2014

Different Strokes provides support for younger stroke survivors by younger stroke survivors and couldnt do this without the help of many volunteers around the country.  Peter Shave, a longstanding and loyal volunteer at Different Strokes Head Office, passed away suddenly in December 2012.  In memory of Peter and to celebrate his life, and in particular his post-stroke achievements and voluntary work, Different Strokes launched the Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year award in 2013.

 Mala Fernando pictureThis year’s winner, Mala Fernando, made a real difference to many people’s lives after stroke. She was always there for those who needed her and worked tirelessly to support other members. She showed immense strength and determination when faced with health problems and retained her sense of humour throughout.  Mala was the coordinator of Different Strokes’ Central London group until her untimely death earlier this year and it is particularly poignant that she is also no longer with us.

Ron Fernando accepting award

The award was presented to her husband Ron Fernando at the Different Strokes conference on Saturday 4th October.  On accepting the award, Ron said:

“Thank you so much to Different Strokes and in particular to the members of the Different Strokes Central London group.  Mala would have been really touched.  She looked on the group members as her brothers and sisters and they looked after her and loved her.  We will all miss her very much and I will now give the group as much support as they need.  Mala received an MBE from the Queen in 1998 in recognition of her ‘outstanding work’ as a nurse at Great Ormond Street.  She would be as proud of this award as she was of her MBE.”


The Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year Award 2013

Peter Shave photo

Peter Shave, a longstanding and loyal volunteer at Different Strokes office, sadly died in December 2012.  In memory of Peter and to celebrate his life, and in particular his post-stroke achievements and voluntary work with Different Strokes, we launched the Different Strokes Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year award in the last issue of our newsletter.

We are happy to report that Steve George is Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year 2013.  Steve was presented with his award by Debbie Wilson, CEO of Different Strokes, at our recent conference in Southampton.
Steve had his first stroke aged 17 in 1984.  He has also had 3 brain tumours and more recently he has had a couple of seizures.

He has been involved with Different Stroke since it began in 1996 and he has been the coordinator of the London East group since 1997.  Nominations praised his consistency, reliability, length of service and the fact he is “always so willing to help”.

Speaking about his work for Different Strokes in an earlier newsletter, Steve commented, “This has been a rewarding and life enhancing experience for me, boosting my self-confidence and enabling me to make so many friends!”

Steve was delighted to receive the award and commented,

“I knew Peter well and winning this first award presented in his memory means a lot to me.  What a surprise, thank you very much everyone!  I will continue to fight the cause for Different Strokes.”

Everyone at Different Strokes would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Steve!

Different Strokes Central Services
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