The charity’s Life After Stroke celebration event was held to mark the achievements and contributions of stroke survivors, carers, volunteers, fundraisers and professionals from across north Wales and the north west of England.
Five-year-old Lilly Patrick from Newborough was nominated for the child courage award by mum Claire.
“Lilly always cried a lot as a baby. I was in and out of hospital with her, but doctors didn’t take it seriously, until she became very unwell at six months old and was diagnosed with having infantile spasms and cerebral palsy, which they said could leave her seriously disabled.
“But Lilly started to shuffle, then walk, talk and feed herself and now goes to mainstream school. No matter what is thrown her way she proves everyone wrong and is the amazing, bright, wonderful girl she is today, with great help from her twin sister Daisy.”
Claire has now decided to take on her first-ever running challenge in support of stroke by signing up for the Anglesey Resolution Run in Newborough on 24 March.
“I want to take on the 5k run to raise funds for the Stroke Association, and it’s also something I can do for Lilly. She and Daisy will come to cheer me on!”
The Life After Stroke celebration event took place at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.
Carol Bott, Director of the Stroke Association in Wales said: “A big congratulations to Lilly for being nominated for a UK Life after Stroke Award and showing such courage in living with the effects of stroke.
“We know that a stroke happens in an instant but the effects can be devastating and last a life time. The funds raised by each runner at the Resolution Run means we can reach out to more stroke survivors and their families to offer the support that they may need to rebuild their lives.”
To sign up for the 10k or 5k Anglesey Resolution Run, visit www.resolutionrun.org.uk.
The Stroke Association’s Life after Stroke Awards are an opportunity to recognise the courage shown by stroke survivors and carers as well as the great work and commitment shown by health professionals, groups and supporter organisations.
Nominations for the 2019 celebrations will soon be open. For more information visit www.stroke.org.uk/LASA