South Holland Health Awards

Michael Morris and Sam Hill of Tonic Health, organiser of the award
Michael Morris and Sam Hill of Tonic Health, organiser of the award

The first South Holland Health Promotion Day will be held in Spalding this summer.

This free to the public event will be at the South Holland Centre on Saturday, June 4, from 10am to 4pm and feature a wide range of information stands, stalls and talks from local healthcare providers.

It will also see the presentation ceremony for the first South Holland Health Awards.

The event is being organised by Tonic Health, in association with South Holland District Council, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.

Tonic Health director Michael Morris wanted to create an event which would highlight and celebrate the healthcare provision available to people of South Holland.

The area boasts some fantastic opportunities, support and provision, through the NHS, independent agencies and voluntary organisations, but members of the public are still not necessarily aware of what is on their doorstep.

The Health Promotion Day will feature stands supplied by a range of local healthcare groups offering attendees advice, guidance, support and information.

There will be a variety of health experts providing 30-minute talks throughout the day on a wide variety of health-related issues.

The day will culminate in the Health Awards ceremony, which will start at 3pm. There are four categories:

• Young Carer of the Year;

• Volunteer in healthcare;

• Bravery in the face of adversity;

• Services to sport/exercise.

Public nominations for worthy candidates can be made through filling in the form on this page or via email.

A judging panel will decide on a final three for each category before the event, with the winners being announced on the day.

The whole event is free to attend. The function hall will be the home for the stalls and the Health Awards ceremony, with talks being held in the meeting rooms.

For more public information about the day, please visit www.tonic-health.co.uk

If you are an organisation requiring a stand, please 
contact Sam at Tonic Health on sam@tonic-health.co.uk or 01775 725059.

To nominate someone, fill in the form published in the Free Press and Guardian each week and send it to HEALTH AWARDS, Free Press and Guardian, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AB.

Or email jeremy.ransome@jpress.co.uk with the name of the nominee, the category you are nominating them in and some words explaining why you think they deserve the award.

Please also enter your own name, address and your relationship with the nominee.

• South Holland Health Promotion Day and Awards organiser Tonic Health was formed by Michael Morris in 2012 when he moved to larger premises and was joined by Jenny Holcombe.

Four years later and the clinic had expended, forcing a move to even bigger premises in able to offer more services and cope with the growing demand in musculoskeletal problems and pain management.

One year after moving to Broadgate House, Tonic Health boasts a range of therapies including Bowen therapy, remedial and sports Mmassage, kinesiology, acupuncture, homeopathy, reflexology, aromatherapy, psychotherapy, and NLP.

Alongside the therapies, Tonic Health hosts weekly exercise and personal training sessions, tai chi and yoga classes.

Michael has been in clinical practice for 17 years now, and is also a senior Bowen instructor for the College of Bowen Studies, teaching across the UK and Ireland.

Tonic Health’s sister company, Spalding Health and Wellbeing, is a community interest company, which shares the property at Broadgate House.

SHAW runs a range of community projects including two weekly dementia programmes. The exercise dementia café runs every Wednesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and the creative classes for dementia run on Thursdays from 11am to 1pm.

Aktiv Kids is a new initiative starting from April 14 and will be an after-school club for primary aged children offering different types of exercise and diet/nutritional based activities.

A gardening club, seconds café, 1930s style tea dance, community small-screen film club and much more is in the pipeline, so watch this space.

SHAW also offers room hire for meetings, workshops and training sessions. The premises is all ground floor, step-free and wheelchair-friendly throughout, in a central location (behind the Job Centre) with car parking in abundance. It really is a hidden gem.