Vote for your unsung hero in The One Show’s NHS Patients Awards


There are just hours to go until BBC One’s The One Show present their NHS Patients Awards live on television in an hour-long special of the programme – and now you get to decide who should win the ‘unsung hero’ award:

The finalists are:

Alex Abbott – Porter at Evesham Community Hospital

Alex is a Porter at Evesham Community Hospital. He is 90 and has given 60 years of service to the NHS. He has had many roles; working as a mortician, a telephonist, a gardener and even the ward’s Father Christmas.

Alan Klottrup – A&E Volunteer at University Hospital of North Durham

Alan is 82 has been a volunteer in the A&E department at the University Hospital of North Durham for 23 years. Alan is known for his cheery nature and his tea and toast deliveries. His colleagues say “he makes sure everyone is looked after no one is missed out, relatives, patients, staff, paramedics, everyone.”

Martin Jessop – Patient Ambassador at The Walton Centre, Liverpool

Martin worked as a psychiatric nurse in the NHS for 18 years. He was forced to take medical retirement after suffering a head injury and developing epilepsy. Since 2013 Martin has worked as a volunteer in the centre that helped rehabilitate him.


You can find out more about each nominee and cast your vote online. Voting will close during the awards programme on 11 May.

The show is part of a wider season of programming that the BBC has commissioned to celebrate the NHS’s birthday.


Did you miss the awards on The One Show? If so, you can watch them via the BBC iPlayer.