Shani Shamah


TV Presenter Matt Allwright, Shani Shama, Tom Redman, Big Bus London

Suffering two strokes in one week left Shani Shamah paralysed down her left side and hospitalised for five months. Determined that her condition would not define her, Shani decided to use her experience to help others.

She has written a book, ‘Sorry but this is my stroke, not yours!’, which serves to help other sufferersthrough the use ofsome light-hearted facts and anecdotes. Proceeds from the book go to the Stroke Association, where she also volunteers to help raise money, leads support groups and helps with research.

Shani is determined to help other stroke survivors and works with the NHS, counselling stroke survivors on a voluntary basis. She is currently working towards a formal accreditation as a post-stroke counsellor. There are no specific curricula for this type of counselling, so Shani set about writing her own framework to help not only herself, but others who also wish to gain such accreditation.

She is working with universities to educate the next generation of physiotherapists and occupational therapists on patient-centric care of stroke survivors – including post-stroke management – to help survivors to regain the confidence within themselves to live their lives.


Nominated by: Abigail Shamah