Different Strokes

#LightInTheDark - watch our campaign video

Many stroke survivors will experience loneliness and isolation

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Help us to continue supporting working age and younger stroke survivors to reclaim their lives by giving what you can HERE

Your gift of just £5 will provide an information pack and help us connect with families in need to offer life changing support.

Be the light in the dark for 
younger stroke survivors.


#HowOldWereYou - Different Strokes - Celebrating 20 years of reclaiming lives after strokes.

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Having a stroke at any age is a life changing moment.  Watch the videos below of some of our members below.  Help us raise awareness & bust myths for World Stroke Day: 29.10.16

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When you say 'stroke' to most people, the image this creates is of an elderly person and whilst a high percentage of strokes occur in those over 64, at least 1 in 4 strokes happen to someone of working age or younger!  This number is increasing with the total people having strokes aged 20 to 64 increasing by 25% from 1990 to 2010 worldwide!

 Stop Salt Stop Stroke - our awareness campaign

Our Medical Advisor supports 'Stop Salt Stop Stroke'
Our patron, Megan Giglia, supports 'Stop Salt Stop Stroke' too
Try Saira Hamilton's NO SALT recipe

Get involved

May is Stroke Awareness Month - but here at Different Strokes we want to make every day Stroke Awareness Day!  Our message 'Stop Salt Stop Stroke' is a simple lifestyle change that saves lives and prevents stroke.  Please help us to spread the word today!

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Our Medical Advisor supports 'Stop Salt Stop Stroke'

Its a simple message that saves lives and helps to prevents stroke ... Watch Oliver Lilburn, stroke at 18, interview our Medical Advisor, Professor Pankaj Sharma, to find out why he thinks it is so important to spread the 'Stop Salt Stop Stroke' message:

View a transcript of this video here.

Our patron, Megan Giglia, supports 'Stop Salt Stop Stroke' too

Here Oliver interviews our patron, Megan Giglia, to find out why she is supporting our campaign and thinks you should too.  Megan had a stroke at 27 and has since retrained as a paracyclist for Team GB:


View a transcript of this video here

Try Saira Hamiltons NO SALT recipe

Masterchef semi-finalist Saira Hamilton of Small Aubergine in Sawbridgeworth also supports our campaign and has created an exclusive no salt recipe for Different Strokes:

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Thank you to Saira for making the recipe available to download here.  You can also click here to follow the steps and cook along with Saira.  Why not invite your friends and host a dinner party to raise funds for Different Strokes.  Bon appetit!

All videos filmed by Greg Hollingworth who had a stroke at 28.

Get involved:

  • Check food labels and look for reduced salt options (e.g. baked beans, ketchup, gravy).
  • Taste food before adding salt - your tastebuds will quickly adapt to less or no salt.  Use garlic and other spices instead.
  • We are creating a bank of low salt recipes.  'Like' our Facebook page and follow us @diffstrokes for updates.  We'd love to hear from you too - message or tweet us with your taste pledges, favourite recipes and tips.

Could you hold your own Stroke Awareness event for Different Strokes, or take posters and leaflets to your local hospital or GP surgery? 
Call us for support on 0345 130 7172 and/or download supporting materials here:

If you would like to support our valuable work, please donate here.  Thank you. 

Different Strokes Central Services
9 Canon Harnett Court
Wolverton Mill
Milton Keynes MK12 5NF

Tel: 01908 317618 or 0345 130 7172
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