Stroke Association comment on NHS England Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases announcement

News   •   Aug 09, 2018 14:36 BST

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Dominic Brand, Executive Director of External Affairs at the Stroke Association said:

“We welcome the announcement by NHS England today which recognises stroke as a key priority condition within the new Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases focus. We’re pleased that NHS England recognised the need to continue to drive through the advances that are so desperately needed in stroke treatment and care. It is thanks to the support and commitment of all the stroke survivors and their families who campaigned with us and the dedicated professional stroke community that this devastating condition is now getting the recognition it deserves. Despite improvements in hospital treatment, stroke remains the 4th biggest killer and the leading cause of adult disability so it’s only right that it receives equal attention alongside other major conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

“We are also pleased to be taking a leading role in the development and implementation of the Stroke Programme which will sit under the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease framework. Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association co-chairs the group and will continue to lead on ensuring the voices of stroke survivors are heard and represented. We look forward to welcoming the new national plan for stroke which will provide more detail on what this new focus on stroke will mean in practice. Today’s announcement is great news for everyone affected by stroke. We will work to ensure that we see the same level of improvements in stroke rehabilitation and long-term support that we have seen in hospital treatment over the last 10 years so that no more stroke survivors feel abandoned when they leave hospital.”

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​Local stroke group hosts Give a Hand and Bake sale for the Stroke Association

Press Releases   •   Oct 22, 2018 10:22 BST

The Pennine Stroke Support Group hosted an event Rochdale Leisure Centre on Saturday 20 October, to support the Stroke Association’s latest fundraising initiative: Give a Hand and Bake.

Norfolk stroke survivor urges residents to get baking and raise some dough for charity

Press Releases   •   Oct 18, 2018 14:20 BST

Natalie Beeston from Norfolk is calling on local residents to help raise funds for the Stroke Association by attending her bake sale at Downham Market Library on Saturday 27 October.

Natalie, 42, who had a mini stroke (also known as a transient ischaemic attack or TIA) in February 2017, is supporting the charity’s Give a Hand and Bake Week, from 22 to 28 October 2018, when money will be raised through bake sales across the UK.

Natalie is passionate about raising awareness having sadly gained an insight into the effects of stroke first hand.

It was while working at Downham Market Library, the venue of her bake sale, that Natalie realised something was very wrong. While she initially was having trouble with her vision, soon her left arm had become numb and speech slurred.

After being rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn, doctors informed her that she had had a mini stroke though no underlying cause could be found.

Natalie had to take two months off work following her mini stroke. She said, “I’ve always been a very sociable person but following my mini stroke I found it so difficult to talk to people - I just couldn’t keep up. I was also very fearful that this was just a warning before a much larger stroke”

“I now feel passionate about changing the conversation around stroke and helping to raise money for the Stroke Association – it’s great they provide somewhere for stroke survivors to go”

“This is the second year I’m taking part in Give a Hand and Bake, which really helps bring the community together and I’m hoping we can raise loads more than last year”

George Burroughs, Regional Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Every year 46,000 people have a TIA or mini stroke but it’s the link between TIA and stroke that too many people just don’t understand. We fund research into TIA and stroke treatment and care and support stroke survivors like Natalie with their recovery”.

“Give a Hand and Bake Week is a fun, and delicious, way to support our charity’s work. Whether you’re a baking beginner or a seasoned chef, there are lots of ways your baking can rise to the challenge.”

You can visit www.stroke.org.uk/GAH to sign up for a Give a Hand and Bake fundraising pack and find out more about the Stroke Association.

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For more information, please contact Ken Scott, PR Officer (Central) on 07515597264 or ken.scott@stroke.org.uk

  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
  • Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk
  • Natalie Beeston is taking part in Give a Hand and Bake this month

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    Local stroke group invites people to Give a Hand and Bake for the Stroke Association

    Press Releases   •   Oct 18, 2018 11:20 BST

    The Mackem Life after Stroke Group is holding an event at Dovecote Meadow, Sunderland on Thursday 25 October, to support the Stroke Association’s latest fundraising initiative: Give a Hand and Bake.

    Hampshire stroke survivor finds his voice and helps others

    Press Releases   •   Oct 16, 2018 14:04 BST

    Harold Conqueror, 81, from Romsey, dedicates his time to help local stroke survivors in their recovery, after a stroke 14 years ago left him unable to speak.

    ​Local stroke group invites people to Give a Hand and Bake for the Stroke Association

    Press Releases   •   Oct 16, 2018 10:34 BST

    The Pennine Stroke Support Group is holding an event Rochdale Leisure Centre on Saturday 20 October, to support the Stroke Association’s latest fundraising initiative: Give a Hand and Bake.

    Young Taunton stroke survivor takes on Portsmouth 16k

    Press Releases   •   Oct 16, 2018 08:00 BST

    Sophie Barrett, 26, from Taunton, is running 16k for charity after surviving a stroke at the age of 21. She will take part in the Simplyhealth Great South Run on Sunday 21 October to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

    ​Local stroke group invites people to Give a Hand and Bake for the Stroke Association

    Press Releases   •   Oct 15, 2018 15:05 BST

    The Stroke Wellbeing and Activity Group in Kirklees is holding an event at Salvation Army in Heckmondwike on Thursday 25 October, to support the Stroke Association’s latest fundraising initiative: Give a Hand and Bake.

    Four time stroke survivor urges Leeds residents to get baking and raise some dough for charity

    Press Releases   •   Oct 15, 2018 13:42 BST

    Leeds stroke survivor, Julie Pearson, is calling on local residents to get baking this October to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

    Havant resident takes on Portsmouth 16k for the Stroke Association

    Press Releases   •   Oct 15, 2018 11:40 BST

    Ash Rowlands, 42, from Havant, is taking on the Simplyhealth Great South Run on Sunday 21 October to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

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