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The Stroke Association calls on the people of Jersey to help conquer stroke

Press Release   •   Jun 12, 2017 11:09 BST

The Stroke Association is appealing to Jersey residents to vote online to help the charity receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons.

As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, and the Stroke Association is one of those selected.

Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000.

Tracy O’Regan Fundraising and Operations Manager for the Stroke Association in Jersey, said: “A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to the work we do here in Jersey. Our Stroke Recovery Service is a vital lifeline for the hundreds of stroke survivors and their loved ones in Jersey. The service helps stroke survivors cope with coming to terms with life after stroke, to build their confidence, and help people take control of their lives again.

“With more than 125 strokes in Jersey each year, our service for people affected by stroke is a lifeline. This is a really exciting opportunity and I would urge anyone and everyone to go online and vote for the Stroke Association.Please remember that every single vote counts.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families.It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

Kenneth Rondel, Provincial Grand Master of Jersey said: “We are delighted to be able to invite the whole community to join our 300th anniversary celebrations by helping us to decide which of these excellent local charities should receive the highest award. Every vote counts, so I encourage everyone from Jersey to visit the website and take part.”

To vote for the Stroke Association to win up to £25,000, please visit www.mcf.org.uk/vote. The voting period is from Monday, 12 June until Monday, 31 July.

  • 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 www.stroke.org.uk
  • The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.
    As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need. Visit www.mcf.org.uk
    For further information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation, please contact Guy Roberts, Press Officer (www.ugle.org.uk for further information.