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Lesley Joseph and Duncan Norvelle present Royal Mail with a special Stroke Association award

Press Release   •   Nov 23, 2016 13:06 GMT

Lily Heinemann from Royal Mail receiving the award from Comedian and stroke survivor Duncan Norvelle and Actress Lesley Joseph.

Royal Mail has for the second year running, been presented with the Corporate Supporter of the Year award at the Stroke Association’s annual Life After Stroke Awards.

The honour was handed over by Actress and Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Lesley Joseph and Comedian Duncan Norvelle at a ceremony held at London’s Dorchester Hotel on 16 November 2016. The company received the award in recognition of the incredible work its employees have done, not only raising vital funds but also awareness of stroke.

Royal Mail has been working with the Stroke Association as part of its Charity of the Year programme. Royal Mail aims to raise £2 million to fund 10,000 Life After Stroke Grants. The grants fund equipment to give stroke survivors more independence, enabling them to take their first steps back into the community.

Nina Walker, Deputy Director of Fundraising at the Stroke Association, adds: “The vital funds raised by Royal Mail have made a tremendous difference to the lives of people affected by stroke. Thanks to the time, generosity and enthusiasm of Royal Mail employees, we can provide even more Life After Stroke Grants: a lifeline which helps stroke survivors make their best possible recovery.

“We’ve seen Royal Mail employees get involved with skydives, bake sales, raffles, numerous head shaves and their very own bush trucker trial, all in aid of the Stroke Association. No challenge has been too daunting for them and we are delighted with just how many Royal Mail employees have gone the extra mile to fundraise for the charity and make a difference to the lives of stroke survivors.”

The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards, sponsored by the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation, 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.

Lily Heinemann, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Community Investment at Royal Mail, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen for this accolade, especially for the second year running.

“Our people are passionate about supporting good causes. They are fantastic fundraisers – creative and competitive. Through our partnership with the Stroke Association, they will help at least 10,000 stroke survivors.

“Every penny raised for the Stroke Association is matched by Royal Mail, and all of it goes towards Life After Stroke grants. I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of all Royal Mail employees.”

To find out more about the Life after Stroke grants please visit www.stroke.org.uk/grants. To find out if you are eligible for a Life After Stroke grant, emailgrants.external@stroke.org.uk or call 0303 3033 100. To find out more about the Life after Stroke Awards please visit www.stroke.org.uk/lasa

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 The 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

Christmas is the loneliest time to be lost for words. After a stroke, around one in three survivors have difficulty speaking and understanding, which can be terrifying and isolating. But with the Stroke Association’s support, people can find new ways to communicate. Find out how you can help at www.stroke.org.uk/lostforwords or search for #lostforwords

The 2016 Life After Stroke Awards are sponsored by TONI &GUY Charitable Foundation. More information can be found at: www.toniandguyfoundation.org.uk

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