NHS Hero nominee – Dr Alison Brind
During her 25-year career as a senior gastroenterologist at the Royal Stoke University Hospital Dr Alison Brind has helped save many lives but she has also been a tireless supporter of liver charities including raising £11,000 this year by organising a park run.
The 63-year-old, from Stone, was diagnosed with Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer in 2022 but is determined to continue her charity work for as long as possible and to inspire others with a similar diagnosis.
She has been nominated as an NHS Hero in the Your Heroes Awards by colleague Richard Allen.
He said: “Alison has been an avid supporter of the British Liver Trust. She has raised thousands of pounds for this charity by competing in many marathon runs.
“Alison is determined to fight until she just can’t take any more. This year she has paid for three British Liver Trust ‘Love Your Liver’ roadshow events in Newcastle, Leek and Stafford.
“Her wish is to be remembered for her liver disease work and for the many lives she’s helped save over the years.
“Alison remains resilient and is helping to raise funds to buy a fibroscan machine that will hopefully identify potential liver disease at an early stage. She hopes that this scanner will be her legacy for the people of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.
“I feel this doctor has given so much to the people of Stoke-on-Trent over the past 25 years and that by making some form of award it will show the world just how much the city of Stoke-on-Trent values those that support us when we are in need.”
Dr Brind joined the Royal Stoke as a consultant in 1997. She first ran the London Marathon in aid of the British Liver Trust in 2010 and has completed numerous fundraising runs since.
She said: “I feel very honoured to be nominated for an award. So many people have said good things about me since my diagnosis that I’ve been inspired to show people with a similar diagnosis that they can keep going.
“I’ve always tried to be kind to people throughout my life and my work and people have always been kind to me.”