Nomination for Troy after vow to care for fiancée

Troy Richards has been nominated by his wife Mel for 'Carer of the Year' at the MS Society Awards. ANL-160419-171755001
Troy Richards has been nominated by his wife Mel for 'Carer of the Year' at the MS Society Awards. ANL-160419-171755001
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After promising to care for his fiancée following her diagnosis a Cornard man has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 MS Society Awards.

Troy Richards, 26, is one of three ‘Carer of the Year’ finalists to be recognised at the charity’s awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, in London.

He was nominated by his wife Mel Richards, 22, who has multiple sclerosis (MS).

“Troy has cared for me since my diagnosis when I was just 20-years-old and newly engaged,” she said.

“During my hospital stay I decided I had to give him the choice to walk away because I knew there was a possibility that MS could take his life away as well as mine.

“He lovingly told me that he had already made a promise to me and no illness could change that. He vowed to stick by me no matter what and help care for me.

“Since then he has supported and encouraged me in so many ways – to be independent, to stay positive and to be unafraid.”

Troy, who lives with his wife in Great Cornard, said he was shocked and humbled to be named a category finalist.

“I was surprised. Caring for Mel is just a natural thing to do because I love her,” he said.

“I didn’t think I was doing anything extra special or that I deserved it.

“I’m looking forward to talking to other people at the awards ceremony who are going through similar things and to share our experiences.”

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of the MS Society, said: “The awards are our way of recognising the amazing achievements of people with MS and those who go above and beyond the call of duty in supporting people with the condition.

“We are proud to have Troy as one of this year’s finalists.”