May 18 2004
A WHEELCHAIR-bound doctor receives a prestigious award today for his work in setting up an inspirational website for the disabled.
Dr Robert Turner, from Penisarwaun, Gwynedd, taught himself to speak, read and write after a series of devastating strokes.
The 65-year-old set up the Tangled Dreams website which enables disabled people to share their thoughts with others.
Dr Turner suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair.
His drive has won him the Merlin Award for Grit and Determination at the first ever ceremony in Cardiff.
The awards were established by Welsh organisation Prime Cymru which assists people aged 50 and over to set up in business. Prince Charles is the president.
The name Tangled Dreams is a pun said Dr Turner.
"With disabled people our bodies are tangled. But it does not mean our minds are," he added.
Dr Roberts worked for Gwynedd Health Authority before his illness.
He says the object of the site is to unite disabled people.
Such has been its success that Tangled Dreams regularly attracts hundreds of hits. We are the only literary agency to upload clients' books to the web," Dr Roberts said.
"We want to develop the magazine side of it much more so that we can serialise novels and publicise short stories.
"Writers and poets have been encouraged to put their work on the website and there are now moves to help disabled artists sell their paintings on the same site."
Speaking on behalf of the Prince of Wales, the Lord Lt of South the morgan, Capt Norman Lloyd-Evans, said he was staggered by Prime Cymru's success.
In just under three years it has helped nearly 600 people become self-employed or start their own business offering employment to others.
"The sheer diversity of businesses which are being set up proves the
multiplicity of talent and ideas among the over-fifties."
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