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Friday, 13 April 2018

My vow of silence

For those that didn’t know my dad had a stroke on 30 November last year.

He had a minor stroke at home and once he’d been transferred via ambulance to A&E he suffered a major stroke.

Thankfully the signs of the stroke were spotted quickly and he got the medical attention he needed.

Would you know how to spot the signs of a stroke?

For more information click here.

My dad spent a total of 9 weeks in hospital and was finally discharged at the beginning of February.

Just because he’s home doesn’t mean it’s over and that he’s better.

Dad has been left unable to walk, and has to rely on others to transfer him from his bed to a chair.

He has good and bad days with his speech, and on the bad days it can be very stressful.

Just a phone call to his bank ends in frustration due to the lack of understanding of the person at the other end of the phone.

So what am I doing and why am I doing it?

May is Make May Purple for Stroke - and I decided to be a bit different with what I’m doing.

The Stroke Association are the UKs leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke.  They deliver stroke services across the UK.  They campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and raise funds to reach out to as many stroke survivors and their families as possible.

On Saturday 19 May 2018 I will be doing a sponsored silence (and wearing purple) to raise money and awareness for the Stroke Association.

My silence will last 24 hours, and during that time I will not be talking, or doing any form of written communication (so absolutely no social media for the duration of my silence!)

Did you know that in the UK someone has a stroke every five minutes?  A stroke can happen to anyone, at anytime, and it’s devastating.

How can you help?

You may know someone who has been affected by a stroke, or you yourself might have had a stroke.

I’ve set up a JustGiving fundraising page, to raise funds.  Click here to sponsor me.

Did you know that just £200 could help to keep the helpline open longer for two days, giving support to more people when they need it.

Please share this blog, raise awareness so that every knows how to act FAST.  

You could save a life by recognising the signs of a stroke.


1 comment

  1. Appreciate your work is very inspiring you are doing a great job for stroke survivors and their families raising awareness about Stroke and doing a sponsored silence (and wearing purple) to raise money and awareness for the Stroke Association.
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