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Diane Parish fronts Stroke Association fundraising film

Press Release   •   Oct 29, 2014 09:01 GMT

Diane Parish has teamed up with the Stroke Association to help more women have a better understanding of their stroke risk. The charity has created a new fundraising film highlighting the impact of stroke on women to mark World Stroke Day [Wednesday 29 October 2014].

Women and Stroke: The Power of Three, which was created by, highlights little-known facts about stroke. Every three and a half minutes, someone in the UK has a stroke, and around 30,000 women die from the condition every year.

The video opens with Diane urging women to be more aware of their risk of stroke, emphasising that the condition can happen to anyone at any time. It also introduces Annabel Jones, who had a stroke at the age of 22, and has permanent sight loss as a result.

Diane Parish said: ““It’s easy to go through life thinking a stroke could never happen to you. But in fact, it kills three times as many women as breast cancer. By supporting the Stroke Association on World Stroke Day, we can help thousands of women conquer stroke.”

Stroke survivor Annabel, 25, said: “I was at work when I had my stroke, and I was absolutely terrified. It was the most devastating time of my life, leaving me with sight loss, fatigue and depression. The message behind the Stroke Association’s latest video is so important. If I can help raise awareness of the risks of stroke, particularly in women, then hopefully we can prevent more people from experiencing this incredibly cruel condition.”

Jim Swindells, Director of Fundraising at the Stroke Association, said: “Our latest film focuses on the devastating impact that stroke can have on the lives of women. On World Stroke Day, we hope as many people as possible watch our video and understand that stroke doesn’t have to be inevitable. Every donation means we can do even more to help women like Annabel who have been struck down by stroke.”

To view ‘Women and stroke: The Power of Three’ visit To make a donation to the Stroke Association, text 3MORE to 70300 and give £3.


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 the leading cause of severe adult 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