Physio Anna is in the running for big prize

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A disabled businesswoman from Sheffield who set up her own therapy firm is in the running for a £50,000 award.

Anna Wilkinson is 70 per cent deaf, but overcame her communication difficulties to become a qualified physiotherapist, founding the More Rehab practice on Abbeydale Road four years ago.

The business provides rehabilitation for people with disabilities including cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, offering services such as physiotherapy and speech therapy.

Anna has now been shortlisted for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs, run by EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

“I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of poor healthcare, poor communication and to have a poor outcome – it drives my passion for ensuring our clients get the best possible rehabilitation,” Anna said.

“If successful, I would use the prize money to provide new rehabilitation equipment and therapy techniques, and expand the support team and educational services to make our specialised services more accessible to the people who need them.”

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Tuesday.