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​Stockport stroke survivor encourages budding bakers to Give a Hand and Bake

Press release   •   Sep 12, 2016 11:24 BST

Stroke survivor and star baker from Marple, Janet Burridge, is encouraging people across the North West to Give a Hand and Bake for the Stroke Association.

The charity’s latest fundraising initiative asks people to roll up their sleeves, grab a mixing bowl and bake to help make a difference for people affected by stroke. Give a Hand and Bake takes place this autumn from 24 – 30 October, when budding bakers will bake a difference all over the UK.

Janet, 70, hasn’t let her stroke stop her from doing the things she loves. She had a stroke in October 2012, which left her paralysed down her right side. Despite the challenges she has faced, Janet regularly bakes sweet treats for her friends and family, as well as her local church fayres and coffee mornings.

She says: “I’ve always had an interest in baking but have had to find new ways to carry on since my stroke. Some things are easier to make than others using one hand. I tend to bake shortbread and flapjacks as I find these recipes easier using my left hand.

“I’ve got a few devices which help me, like my left handed tin opener and SpillNot which holds things in place while I unscrew the lid. If there’s something I can’t do, I’ll find a way to do it! I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t. It gives you a real boost to know you can make things on your own.”

Louise Lawless, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Janet’s recovery is truly inspiring. There are over 157,370 stroke survivors living in the North West, who need support to rebuild their lives.

“This October, we’re looking for bakers to help raise some serious dough for people recovering from stroke. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned chef or a first time baker, all you’ll need is a generous dollop of enthusiasm and a hungry group of friends and you’ll have the perfect recipe for fundraising success.

“Whether you prefer to host an afternoon tea for your colleagues or create a fancy showstopper to wow your friends, a simple donation in return for a slice of cake will help to make a real difference. With your support during Give a Hand Week we can create a new era for stroke where every stroke survivor gets the treatment they need and the lifelong care they deserve.”

For more information on how you can bake a difference and to get a free pack, visit www.stroke.org.uk/giveahand.

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 www.stroke.org.uk