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Five-year-old from Anglesey honoured after having a stroke at just one day old

Press release   •   Feb 27, 2019 10:44 GMT

Five-year-old Lilly Patrick from Newborough with mum Claire

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.

Claire said:

“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.

Claire added:

“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

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

  • 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