ROSE AWARD: Paralysed pensioner walks again with ‘guardian angel’ gym teacher’s help

Guardian Rose presentation to fitness instructor Pip Lee, Pip is pictured recieving her rose from Roy Hewitt

Guardian Rose presentation to fitness instructor Pip Lee, Pip is pictured recieving her rose from Roy Hewitt

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A Worksop pensioner who became paralysed after suffering a horrific stroke has presented his ‘angel’ exercise therapist with a Guardian Rose after she helped him take his first unaided steps.

Roy Hewitt presented fitness instructor Pip Lee with the accolade in a surprise ceremony at Worksop Leisure Centre on Thursday, December 10.

With her guidance, the brave 63-year-old has stretched and weightlifted his way to walking independently again, after a stroke left his right side completely paralysed nine years ago.

It was Roy’s wife, Sheila Hewitt, who contacted the Guardian to nominate Pip for the award on her husband’s behalf.

Sheila said: “We were desperate to thank Pip for the undivided attention, support and encouragement she has given to Roy.

“He has attended Pip’s classes for the last year and she has worked wonders on him- he can now walk a few paces, and is much better in himself. She’s given him so mich confidence.

“Roy could not walk at all before Pip arrived at the centre and took over the exercise classes. The pair have formed a remarkable bond thanks to the fact they both have a crazy sense of humour and positivity that shines.

“It sounds like a bit of a cliche, but she really is an angel. We cannot thank her enough for everything she has done for us.”

Know an unsung hero in the Worksop community who deserves to be recognised with a Guardian Rose? Call 01909 500500 or email newsroom@worksop-guardian.co.uk with details of who you would like to nominate and why.

Our Guardian Roses are generously donated by Worksop’s top florist Walker’s House of Flowers, based in the Priory Shopping Centre.