Paul's Story:

Paul Herbert – Health & Wellbeing Ambassador

"In 2016 I was told I'd suffered 3 strokes, since then I've been through 24 weeks of the GP referral scheme which provided me with new found social circle, physical therapy and confidence to overcome difficult with my disability, also helping with my mental health. When I was going through the GP referral scheme in 2016, I was nominated for a Sports Award for the local sport alliance, and not so long afterwards I was asked to become a Health Ambassador.

To begin with I began giving motivational and inspirational talks at the local LEAP group scheme. Since then I've gone onto give talks at local surgeries also at council meetings, DWP conferences, all which have seen positive outcomes.

I also help at the stroke association on a regular basis and have worked with stars such as Jared Leto prior to him filming a new film and advised him on how strokes affect us who have suffered from them. Each month, I'm invited to BBC radio Leicester where I spend the afternoon on the talk show discussing all things in life and I have met many friends from doing this.

In 2019, I was nominated for the BBC unsung hero East Midlands, which required myself to be filmed and it was shown live on the BBC news; I was shortlisted for a finalist and although I didn't win, it was an amazing experience!!

From the strokes, I suffer from no balance, extreme fatigue, permanent migraines, hearing, sight, and memory loss but I don't let that stop me. I've completed two triathlons in 2018 and 2019 and I'm looking to climb Mount Snowdon in 2021 or early 2022 for the stroke association charity."