Disabled entrepreneur who fought for life in hospital launches awards for unsung Doncaster heroes

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A disabled entrepreneur is launching an awards scheme to honour unsung heroes - after coming up with the idea while fighting for his life in hospital.

Wheelchair user Shane Bratby, who suffers from Friedreich’s ataxia which damages the nervous system, caught pneumonia while waiting in the rain for a taxi outside Doncaster Railway Station earlier this year and spent three months battling for survival in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

It was during this time that he was inspired by dedicated medical staff who saved his life to launch an awards ceremony for everyday, hard-working people. This is not the first time the 31-year-old, of Hexthorpe, has sought to help others, as he has helped thousands of disabled people to get their businesses off the ground through his organisation Disabled Entrepreneurs UK.

He said: “While I was in a bad way near death, there was one nurse who made sure I was comfortable and was always by my side. I promised her that when I got out I would make it up to her and everyone who has a good soul so I came up with the idea of an awards ceremony.”

Doncaster Recognition Day is due to be held at Doncaster’s Mansion House on January 20 from 6pm. The public can nominate community heroes in three categories:- Goodwill citizen award, goodwill business award and goodwill charity award. Visit http://www.recognitionday.co.uk/