AWARD FINALIST: Nancy Hardwick's dedication to stroke support has been recognised by the 2016 Stroke Awards.
AWARD FINALIST: Nancy Hardwick's dedication to stroke support has been recognised by the 2016 Stroke Awards.

What motivates someone to volunteer for 30 years?

TOOWOOMBA volunteer Nancy Hardwick has offered support to survivors of strokes for 30 years.

Now in her 80s, Mrs Hardwick is still going strong and is the driving force behind a weekly stroke support group at the East Creek Community Centre.

Her dedication to the support has been recognised by the 2016 Stroke Awards, naming her as a finalist in the Improving Life After Stroke category.

"It has taken me by surprise, but I consider it an honour to be chosen," Mrs Hardwick said.

Stroke Foundation Queensland CEO Libby Dunstan thanked her for her dedication.

"Nancy's unwavering commitment to stroke support in her local community is outstanding. Her compassion and care has helped many people regain their lives following a stroke," she said.

"It is with the support of community members such as Nancy, alongside the work of the Stroke Foundation, that we can continue to improve life for stroke survivors."

The Improving Life After Stroke Award is one of five categories in the 2016 Stroke Awards.

The award recognises stroke survivors, carers and members of the general public who work to improve the state of a stroke in a voluntary capacity.

Mrs Hardwick's group at the East Creek Community Centre offers social support and conducts a range of activities to support learning to help people recover from stroke.

She said it was a wonderful feeling helping others.

"You feel as though you are helping someone get back to normal as soon as possible after a stroke," she said.

"Over the years we have had many people join the group, and many have got to the stage where they no longer need to attend as they are coping with life.

"Although we miss their company it is fantastic to know they are better. I have seen many people make wonderful recoveries from stroke, and once again live independent lives."


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