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B&Q staff raise some serious dough for the Stroke Association

Press release   •   Nov 07, 2016 15:43 GMT

Members of staff across fourteen B&Q stores in the South East have taken part in a bake sale on Wednesday 26 October, raising over £2,700 for the Stroke Association.

The charity’s latest fundraising initiative, Give a Hand and Bake, saw people across the UK roll up their sleeves, grab a mixing bowl and bake to help make a difference for people affected by stroke.

Graham Stoodley, Trade Point Manager from B&Q Gillingham, said: “Taking part in the Stroke Association’s Give a Hand and Bake meant a lot to our store in particular. A member of staff in our branch recently had a stroke, which came as a huge shock to us all. We now realise just how devastating stroke can be, and how important it is to have such an amazing charity like the Stroke Association around.

“We were incredibly grateful to the rest of the other regional stores for getting involved in Give a Hand and Bake, and helping to raise vital funds for the charity.”

Becky Beard, Community Events and Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “The B&Q team have truly gone the extra mile for the Stroke Association. Without the efforts of fundraisers like this, we wouldn’t be able to support the 120,000 people in the South East who are currently living with the devastating effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

For more information on Give a Hand and Bake for the Stroke Association, visit

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 around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is one of the largest causes of disability. 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