Different Strokes


One Of Our Youngest Fundraisers Nominated For Award!   Support Her Here!

30th March 2017

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Bianca- Jade Bartlett is one of our youngest fundraisers and is nominated for Most Inspirational Women & Inspirational Young Person in the Milton Keynes Inspiration Awards.

Check out her great video here where she talks about her work with Different Strokes, her aspirations and even sings us a song!

You can vote for Bianca via Facebook here 


Well Done And ThanksTo The Lovely Jo Aurora!

24th March 2017

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A huge well done to the lovely Jo Aurora, our fundraising manager who on 24th March abseiled down ArcelorMittal Orbit, the tallest sculpture in the UK. The magnificent looping structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London 2012 Games. It’s the best place to see the sweeping panorama of the city.

If you or someone you know fancy a hair-raising experience and would like more information on one of our FREE charity spaces, contact Jo Aurora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


We know you have secret powers...so why not use them and join Different Strokes Superhero Triatholon team today?!

3rd March 2017

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We know you have secret powers...so why not use them and join Different Strokes Superhero Triatholon team today?!

It's big. It's bold. It's gutsy. It's the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the everyday Superhero! The very first event kicks off with three uniquely designed triathlons (swim, bike and push/run) that let you do as little or as much as you like.

Team up with disabled and non-disabled family and friends to take on one stage each, or fly solo and do all three! Cape optional.

Sign up today: http://buff.ly/2lCf72e for the event on 19 August 2017 at Dorney Lake, Windsor.


A huge thank you to  Mary Watson and Sacred Heart Church in Rugby!

23rd February 2017

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On 23rd February our Operations Manager Eileen and our Family Support Officer Genise had the pleasure of spending time with the lovely ladies at the Sacred Heart Church in Rugby, who have raised over £800 for Different Strokes. Different Strokes were nominated as their chosen charity for 2017 by Mary Watson.

Genise who became a stroke survivor when her daughter was a baby and later found herself the wife of a stroke survivor when her husband also suffered a stroke, shared her experiences and how she is now using them with DS to support other families affected by stroke, so again a HUGE thank you to Mary Watson and Sacred Heart Church in Rugby.


Different Strokes awarded charity of the year by the Rotary Club- Market Harborough
14th February 2017

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Different Strokes represent younger stroke survivors at Sentinel Stroke Audit Meeting.
6th February 2017

The results from our recent survey on NHS services which highlighted the areas where services rated poor or variable were presented in NHS Stroke Audit meeting held last Friday. We think there is no better representitive of stroke survivors than a stroke survivor, so we sent Brin, a volunteer and stroke survivor to represent Different Strokes and younger stroke survivors across the UK, using the data from the questionaire so many of you kindly completed for us!

We created the following graphics to support Brin's presentatation. We were keen to express the areas which affect working age and younger survivors and although the figures show mostly where improvement is needed, Brin was sure to point out that many people praise the hard working people within the NHS working at ground level.

 

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An update on last years Around The World in 8 Ways!
3rd  February 2017

Last year to celebrate the 20th year since Different Strokes was established, we invited you to take part in our challenge to travel around the world in 8 ways together. You walked, wheeled, flew, climbed together and through your hard work and generosity we can confirm you have exceeded our aim of raising £20,000!!!!

We are delighted, humbled and amazed by you all and we thank every single person who took part or donated from the bottom of our hearts!

Without your generosity we wouldnt be able to provide support, information and a voice for younger stroke survivors in the UK. 

We Made ItThank You

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Coming soon:

we launch our campaign to help this years fundraising to spring into action!!


Lorraine updates us on the latest news from the Local Sustainability Fund
2nd February 2017

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In 2016 Different Strokes were delighted to be one of only 265 charities nationally to receive a grant from the Cabinet Office’s Local Sustainability Fund. We are using the funding to improve the way we work and to forward plan, making us stronger and more resilient. 

We have been meeting with our support & exercise groups at Regional Meetings, to talk about exciting developments and changes for Different Strokes and the Sustainability Fund Project. Feedback from groups following on from the meetings we have held in Sheffield, Birmingham, Southampton and Glasgow has been they have valued the opportunity to meet with other groups and with head office for sharing information, and how other groups operate. There are also lots of ideas as to how we can improve things for the future not only through holding regional meetings, but also with the development of information that we provide to groups too. This is something we will be taking forward for the future. 

At the end of last year we sent out a survey to all of our beneficiaries and we had 376 responses ; thank you to those of you who participated on this. The feedback we received is that people really value the information we provide, as well as the peer and emotional support either through groups, facebook, social media, or the website. The information and support Different Strokes offers means that working age and younger stroke survivors feel more connected, and informed about what is available to them. What people seem to want is more of what we are already doing which is great - we now need to find a way to make that happen and look forward to sharing with you how we plan to do this for the future.

 


Increasing support for younger stroke survivors in the West Yorkshire Area
10th January 2017

 Meet Geoff our first Regional Co-ordinator

Geoff Render has been working for Different Strokes one day a week since May
2016 to establish new groups in the
West Yorkshire area and is a welcome
addition to the Different Strokes Team.

We currently have two groups in Leeds and Geoff has established a group in the Bingley area. As 2017 begins Geoff is expanding his search and is looking for volunteers & members to attend meetings in Wakefield, Huddesfield & Halifax.

If you would like more information please contact Geoff by telephone on 07434958024 

 

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Our patron Megan Giglia honoured with MBE 
3rd January 2017

We were so pleased to hear that Megan received a great surprise this year in the form of being awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List. I am sure you agree this is so richly deserved and couldn't happen to a nicer person. Megan is a  wonderful and generous patron to Different Strokes and inspirational role model. Roll on 2017 Megan!

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13 December 2016

Some sad news from our Chair of Trustees Gavin Lambert

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We are extremely saddened by the tragic death of Jerry Johnson who died from a heart attack on Friday 2nd December, 2016. I am sure you will join with us to extend our condolences and thoughts to Jerry’s family at this difficult time as they try to come to terms with their loss.

Jerry was a remarkable man, who campaigned for improvements for working age stroke survivors, in particular the impact of Aphasia. Jerry never stood still having set up the Different Strokes Northampton group; worked with Greater Manchester Stroke Network; the Aphasia Alliance; UK Connect and he was also Finance Manager at Different Strokes. There is a lot to be proud of what he achieved and we feel very privileged to have worked with him and shared his journey.

If you wish to express your personal condolences, thoughts, photographs with Jerry, or even any funny moments you have shared with him onto a memorial page which has been set up by his family please visit the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/jerryjohnson42/

Gavin Lambert
Chair of Trustees and Different Strokes head office 


28th November 2016

We launch our campaign video #LightInTheDark 

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Many stroke survivors will experience loneliness and isolation.

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.

 #LightInTheDark

 


18 November 2016

November is National Will Writing Month!!

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We have partnered with Irwin Mitchell, one of the largest and most respected law firms in the UK who are offering a postal will writing service at competitive rates. You are under no obligation should you contact Irwin Mitchell about any service, however, if you decide to go ahead with a will at a cost of £135 for a single or £190 for a mirror will they will make a donation of £25 or £50 to Different Strokes.

To start your will writing process please call 0330 123 2013 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Irwin Mitchell will be happy to guide you through. Please note there may be additional charges for more complex wills but Irwin Mitchell will advise accordingly.  Read Jo's will blog here.

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22 October 2016

Congratulations to our 20th Anniversary Celebration Award Winners!

Jim Currie: Irwin Mitchell Unsung Hero Volunteer 2016

Nominated in recognition of his untiring work in setting up and running the London South East group, supporting local members, representing Different Strokes at the UK Stroke Forum and for his fundraising efforts.  Award kindly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.

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“Through Different Strokes I have had the privilege to meet so many wonderful and inspiring people - survivors, family members and friends, health workers and volunteers - many of whom have also helped me through my stroke journey. If it was not for my own family and the Different Strokes family being there for me I would not have been able to do as much as I have.

To be given the 'Unsung Hero Volunteer' award is a great honour (a total surprise!) and something that I will hold most dear with very cherished memories.  Thank you.”

Olga Mathews: Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year 2015-2016

Nominated in recognition of her amazing work as Volunteer Facebook Administrator for the Different Strokes Facebook support group at www.facebook.com/groups/differentstrokesuk/. Award made in memory of Different Strokes volunteer Peter Shave who passed away in 2012. 

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"I was truly touched to receive this award and to hear that so many people appreciate my work with Different Strokes. I am grateful for all the good friends I've made and all the support I've had through Different Strokes. I want that friendship and support to be there for others too."

Many thanks to Jim and Olga and to everyone who voted for them. Different Strokes couldn't exist without its network of wonderful volunteers.  If you'd like to join the team, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

  


13 October 2016 

Can you help us to develop the UK’s largest professional stroke conference?

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5 October 2016 

Listen to our Medical Adviser, Professor Pankaj Sharma, speaking about stroke in younger people  

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He was speaking about stroke in younger people on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2.

Click here to the listen to the feature.  The interview starts 8 minutes into the show.

  

 


 5 October 2016  

A message from Andrew Marr in recognition of Different Strokes reaching its 20th anniversary:

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"All my warmest congratulations to Different Strokes, and in particular all those who are going through the same journey I am following. It is a relatively stony road and on it we need the help and support of friends, relatives and kindly professionals. DS is a wonderful organisation and one which today I warmly salute."

 


4 October 2016 

"When Mum or Dad Has a Stroke What Do You Tell The Children?" New resources ...

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A stroke affects the whole family. Children may not understand what is going on, or be able to express their feelings about a parent having a stroke. Our Children’s Resource pack is a valued resource that can help support families through this difficult time and thanks to Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, we are now able to send a copy to all stroke units in England and Wales, also to our network of regional groups, and importantly to families in distress.

Fore more information please click here.


8 September 2016 

Congratulations to our Paralympic Gold Medallist patron, Megan Giglia!  

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We are overjoyed that our fantastic patron Megan Giglia secured the first gold of the Rio Paralympics 2016 only 3 years after surviving a stroke aged just 27. Megan is such a fantastic beacon of determination and positivity.

Going into Rio my motivation started off originally coming from developing my physical ability again, getting my right side up and moving,” she said.

Then I used it for emotions, to control my emotions and mood swings as I was coming to terms with what had happened to me in the past, having suffered a stroke.  Now my motivation is very much for the team, my teammates, my family and friends. But also every ride I do I dedicate to someone that is maybe in a low moment or just coming out of a rough situation themselves – predominantly stroke survivors but there’s so many people out there and I just feel it gives a little bit of hope.” 


1 September 2016 

Make sure you nominate your "Unsung Hero"! 

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Make sure you nominate your "Unsung Hero" to ensure we give them the recognition they deserve!
 

Emeil This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your choice or call her on 01908 317618 or 0345 130 7172


24 August 2016

We Challenge You to a Bake Off!! 

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If you are inspired to whip out your whisk after the launch of this years Great British Bake Off, why not join our exciting challenge for September and beyond?

Set a date in September to hold a bake sale at your work, your home or at your school. Invite your colleagues, friends and family and then bake up a storm! To find out just how easy it is email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 01908 317 618 or 0845 130 7172 and request a free fundraising pack.

All proceeds you raise will go directly to Different Strokes, to help us support a younger stroke survivor in the UK.

For every £5 raised we can provide a younger stroke survivor with a FREE information pack when they need it the most!

We can’t wait to hear from you!


 29 July 2016

We Have a New Telephone Number!  0345 130 7172

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This is replacing our previous number 0845 130 7172 and should be cheaper to call. If you call an 03 number from either a landline or a mobile the costs are usually included in the inclusive minutes allowance of your call plan. If you don’t have a call plan and are on pay as you go, you’ll be charged at the same rate as if you were calling an 01 or 02 number.

Please check with your telephone provider.  If you prefer, you can also call us on 01908 317618.

Please spread the word - thanks.


19 July 2016

Flying After Stroke

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Different Strokes has teamed with the Airport Parking Shop to raise awareness about "Flying after a stroke - The hidden challenges".  Read the full article here .


7 July 2016

Read an article about Solent University having worked alongside Different Strokes on a number of projects this year.  Thank you to everyone for all your help.

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Students from two different courses have been helping stroke survivors and working with us and for more information please click here.


5 July 2016

Great News! - Different Strokes and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors announce partnership work on Local Sustainability Fund project

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Different Strokes is excited to be one of only 265 charities nationally to receive a grant from the Cabinet Office’s Local Sustainability Fund. We will use the funding to improve the way we work and to forward plan, making us stronger and more resilient.
We are delighted to announce that Irwin Mitchell Solicitors are taking the role of volunteer business partner to help us to deliver the project and look forward to working with them. We are also hugely grateful to the Cabinet Office for recognising the vital work that we do to support younger stroke survivors and their families, and for helping us to support them even better in the future.

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2 July 2016

Summer Soiree with soloists from The Royal Academy Of Music

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All proceeeds go to Different Strokes Charitable Trust and St Mary's Church

For more information please click here.


17 June 2016

Is your life about to change?

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TV company Electric Ray is looking for men and women aged 18+ who have a huge turning point coming up in their lives.  It could be a Family Reunion, a Job Interview, or a Big Decision about your health, home or future - anything that’s really important to you. Whatever your big moment, we could help you look your best so you feel ready for it.  As part of this exciting new BBC project you’ll receive a FREE MAKEOVER. It could be the transformation that makes all the difference, so please get in touch in confidence and for more informaiton pleas click here.

The deadline for applications weill be before Friday 1st July 2016.


16 June 2016

Congratulations to our patron Megan Giglia and the other cyclists selected by the The British Paralympic Association (BPA) as the 11 riders and four pilots who will compete for medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Megan Giglia for being one of those selected and best of luck with it!  For more information click here.


6 June 2016

Many thanks to the Slug & Lettuce in Milton Keynes 

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Many thanks to the Slug & Lettuce in Milton Keynes for holding a quic night to help Different Strokes raise £318 to support younger stroke survivors.

For more information about events close to you, if you're a younger stroke survivor please apply to join our Facebook group (but we will need to be able to message you) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/differentstrokesuk/ or if you're just passoionate about supporting younger stroke survivors visit our 'open' Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/supportersofdifferentstrokes/


3 June 2016

We are delighted to announce that Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have sponsored the first Different Strokes Fundraising Volunteer of the Year award!

Tom Jenkins is seen here receiving his trophy from Different Strokes chair, Gavin Lambert. Many thanks also to Tom's partner Denise for her support!

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We simply couldn’t function without our team of hardworking and dedicated volunteers around the UK, so we'd like to say a very big THANK YOU to all of you!  You are an integral and very important part of Different Strokes.

Meet Tom.  Tom had a stroke in 2013 aged 43.  He contacted Different Strokes for support in 2014 and became a valued member of our Facebook group.  Once on the mend, he started thinking of ways to give something back and organised a string of fundraising events, including music nights, raffles and a 10 mile sponsored walk along the Thames.  In the process, he raised over £7,000!

Tom's words:

"Having suffered a brain stem stroke, I was initially unable to see, speak or walk unaided.  Ultimately, with a lot of work, I've dispensed with the stick and can walk normally.  Having had to give up my career in the film industry, I now make ends meet by helping my partner in her dog walking business and am happier in myself than I have been in a long while.  I’m delighted that Different Strokes is going from strength to strength and I am proud to be part of it.  Massive thanks also to Irwin Mitchell Solicitors for sponsoring this award, it's an honour to receive it.”

We rely on individual fundraisers like Tom to help provide our services to younger stroke survivors and their families. Please support our 'Around the World' fundraiser and help us travel 20,000 miles to celebrate 20 years! More at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/8ways. #uniteforstroke


2 June 2016

Alex Brooker tries track cycling with Different Strokes patron Megan Giglia

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Find out how Superhumans Show host Alex Brooker and she got on at the Manchester Velodrome recently in the video here. 


15 May 2016

Join in with 'My Mile' on Sunday 15th May

May is Stroke Awareness month and we need your help on Sunday 15th to raise awareness and support younger stroke survivors. We invite you to travel 1 mile, however you chose, and donate £1. It may not seem a lot but if everyone gets on board, together we can make a real difference!  Taking some fresh air, popping to the corner shop, walking the dog, a family bike ride, or any other way that you can think of – it all counts.  

Tim’s Story

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“Hi, I'm Tim.

I'm currently riding a bike around the world, and I'm likely to be somewhere in western Turkey in the 15th May 2016, on the way home to the UK.  I've ridden nearly 15,000 miles so far, and am now crossing my 23rd country. 

But on the 15th May, one of my miles will be My Mile, in support of Different Strokes.  I'll be riding (and donating!) in support of Gavin, my friend and ex-work colleague, who had a stroke at an early age a few years ago.

Gavin arguably needed help in all sorts of ways before his stroke ;-).  But I know the support he received after it made a huge difference to his recovery.  And it's something that can happen to anyone.

I'd encourage as many people to get involved and support Different Strokes on the 15th May.  And look on the bright side.  You only need to do one mile before you can collapse into a comfy chair with a cuppa or a pint.  I've still got another three-and-a-bit thousand to go!

If you're interested in my trip, find out more at www.theunknownaroundthecorner.net.”

Get involved at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/8ways, select ‘Give now’ then ‘My mile’ and tell us what you did to support our 20th year campaign.  

Friends and family welcome too - please spread the word and #uniteforstroke! 


 7 April 2016

Great News! - Different Strokes awarded Local Sustainability Fund

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Different Strokes is delighted to be one of only 265 charities nationally to receive a grant from the Cabinet Office’s Local Sustainability Fund.  We will use the funding to improve the way we work and to forward plan, making us stronger and more resilient. 

We are grateful to the Cabinet Office for recognising the vital work that we do to support younger stroke survivors and their families, and for helping us to support them even better in the future.


7 April 2016
 

A huge thanks to a few of our members who are really embracing our "Around the World in 8 Ways" Campaign. 

Meet Tom Jenkins! - an amazing stroke survivor! 

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On Saturday 7th of May Tom is taking part in a sponsored training walk along the Thames path from Putney Bridge to Runnymede, the site of the signing of the Magna Carta.  Everyone is welcome to join us for all or part of the walk. There will be a fun reception at Virgin Media's Richmond branch which is about a third of the way along the route and there are plenty of opportunities to drop in and out as it suits you.

Just get sponsored to do as much as you feel comfortable with and help raise money and awareness of stroke and how it increasingly affects younger people. #1in4strokes #uniteforstroke #8ways.  All sponsors and donations should go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/different2strokes or go to www.facebook.com/different2strokes to chat to Tom about the event or call the office on 01908 317618

Meet Steve Bowker! Steve had his life changing stroke 18 months ago. 

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You can support Steve at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/stevebowker or click here

Meet Eddie Pleban!  He's boosting our campaign when he travels to Australia to see his family. 

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Eddie had his stroke 5 years ago.  Sponsor Eddie here and help raise funds for youngers stroke survivors or visit http://www.uk.virginmoneygiving/www.bantameddie.com

What can you do? #uniteforstroke  #1in4strokes  #8ways

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/8ways to donate and add miles!


2 April 2016

“Yes, I can!” Family Workshop for Stroke Survivors aged 8 to 25

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Our Family workshop held in conjunction with Sickle Cell & Young Stroke Survivors (SCYSS) on Saturday was a great success.  Thanks to DS patron Megan Giglia and to Clinical Neuropsychologist Jo Johnson for their inspirational presentations and sharing coping strategies.  

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“I had waited nearly 9 years to meet other young people around my own age who had suffered a stroke and Different Strokes was able to help me do this. I was able to see and hear that nothing is impossible; the only thing that is stopping me do whatever I want is me, I will never stop learning things. I loved the talk by Jo Johnson, I learned a new way of thinking that I feel will help me.”

Jessica (aged 17 years)


3 February 2016

Congratulations Megan!

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Congratulations to our patron Megan Giglia on being selected to be part of Team GB at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy from 17-20 March! Megan, who had her stroke in 2013 aged 27, says "I hope to inspire others to try something new, develop an existing skill, gain confidence and aspire to be a positive role model."

Good luck Megan from all at Different Strokes!

For more information click here.


19 January 2016

NHS urged to screen stroke patients for silent heart disease to prevent thousands of deaths.

20160202 royal holloway university bannerA new study has revealed that more than a third of stroke patients with no known history of heart disease have significant tightening of the arteries around their heart (coronary artery disease) and three percent will go on to suffer a heart attack within a year.


The reseach lead by Professor Pankaj Sharma at the Insitute of Cardiovascular Research at Royal Holloway, University of London and Ashford and St Peter's Hospital, Surrey, reviewed data from 50,000 individuals to establish the rist of heart diseas and heart attack in stroke patients with no medical history of heart problems.  

For more information click here.


25 December 2015

Support our #1in4strokes campaign instead of sending Christmas cards this year.

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Demi had a stroke aged 23:  "Different Strokes sent me a wonderful information pack and I joined the Facebook support page.  I spoke to other stroke survivors and read their stories.  I no longer felt scared, confused and alone."

We urgently need your help this Christmas to support more younger stroke survivors like Demi and their families in 2016.  

Please donate £5 to pay for an information pack for a family in need instead of sending cards this festive season by texting DIFF33 £5 to 70070 or go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/1in4strokes. Thank you for your support. 

Send our E-card here and view our members' #1in4strokes videos here

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18 December 2015

Volunteer of the Year 2015 - Vote by 31 December 2015!

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Our Volunteer of the Year award was launched in memory of Peter Shave, a longstanding and loyal volunteer at Different Strokes office, who sadly passed away in 2012.

This year's winner will be chosen by staff at Different Strokes Head Office and announced in January. We will be looking for a younger stroke survivor with Peter’s qualities of reliability, determination in striving to overcome the effects of his stroke, adaptability, enthusiasm, professionalism, kindness and integrity.  It could be someone involved with your local Different Strokes group, an amazing fundraiser, or perhaps a member of the Different Strokes team who has helped or supported you.

Please send your nomination by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31/12/15. 


15 December 2015
 
Thank you Jamie for doing your Sky Dive for your brother Lee
 
20151215 jamieskydiveJamie's story: "Two years ago my brother Lee suffered multiple strokes at 34 years old.  This has changed his life forever. Lee suffered massive brain damage and is no longer independent. The right side of his body was left paralysed, he has lost his hearing in the right ear, he is now partially sighted in his right eye and he is no longer able to speak. 

I have spent the last 27 months making it my mission to rehabilitate Lee and he has come on in leaps and bounds. He is now able to walk short distances unaided and has slight movement in his right shoulder and arm. I don't want to focus on the negatives as Lee is still alive and he is a survivor! He makes me proud everyday to call him my brother and he is an inspiration. 

So ....the reason for my Parachute Jump/Sky Dive is to raise awareness of Strokes occurring in young people. Before this happened to Lee, I thought strokes were only a danger to older people. How wrong was I! Strokes are a danger to people of all ages and can have devastating affects and change people's lives forever."

You can still support Jamie at https://www.justgiving.com/Jamie-Mcsporran /


12 December 2015

UK Stroke Assembly 2016

• Share your story • Hear developments in stroke • Take action on stroke

Scotland Stroke Assembly
Tuesday 15 March 2016
Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling, Scotland

UK Stroke Assembly (North)
Monday 13 - Tuesday 14 June 2016
East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

UK Stroke Assembly (South)
More details to follow soon

For more information and to find out how to register interest click here.

 

10 December 2015
 
A big thank you to Martin Warrillow for raising over £1,000 in his recent naturist fun run!
 
"I found Different Strokes through their Facebook group while looking for support, help and advice when I came out of hospital.  Different Strokes has been vital in providing all those things, which is why I did my sponsored run to raise money to fund the Facebook group."
 
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Thank you to everyone who supported him doing this, we're grateful we were able to be some support to you after your stroke and even more grateful your returned the favour by supporting us by raising money with your event!
 

6 December 2015
 
Thank you to all our Santa Runners!
 

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Congratulations and thank you to the Different Strokes Santa Runners who took part in the UK's biggest Santa Run on 6th December to raise awareness and funds for Different Strokes.  Our fab team consisted of Demi Rump, Asa Haycock, Raymond Watts, Jen Mintern, Sarah Blakeburn and Jo Aurora.  It could be you next time!  If you would like to take part in one of our events, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 01908 317618.  The team has raised nearly £2000 - a huge thank you to all of their supporters. 


1 - 3 December 2015
 
Representing Different Strokes at the UK Stroke Forum conference
 
The Different Strokes team was delighted to be at the UK Stroke Forum in Liverpool, promoting Different Strokes to 1450 multidisciplinary healthcare workers.

29 November 2015
 
Our patron, Megan Giglia, switched on the Christmas Lights at the Theatre District in Milton Keynes
 
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Different Strokes was proud to be the nominated charity with Dogs for Good at the Milton Keynes Theatre District Christmas Lights Switch On.  Our patron, Megan Giglia, did the honours for us and switched the lights on in style.  Many thanks to everyone who came to support us.
11 October 2015
 
Tom Jenkins Vespa Challenge: 13 Bridges, 10 Miles, One Cause
 
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"Having suffered a brain stem stroke in December 2013 aged 43, I was initially unable to see, speak or walk unaided.  Ultimately, with a lot of work, I've dispensed with the stick and can walk normally. Having had to give up my career in the film industry, I now make ends meet by helping my partner in her dog walking business and am happier in myself than I have been in a long while.  Whilst my eyes and speech are still affected and having had the 'it's as good as it's ever going to get' conversation with the Neurologist, I reckon I'm doing OK.
 
Tom has been unstoppable in his fundraising and has raised £1000s for Different Strokes, involving friends from the Vespa scooter community.  One of his latest 'crackpot ideas' (his words!) was to walk from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge. For more information or to sponsor him in all his efforts, please click here - thank you! 
  
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“The spirit of the Vespa, buzzing ever onwards, is freedom from boring, ordinary constraints: that is the aspiration of all stroke survivors, and I wish Tom all the very best for his courageous and admirable effort!”
  
4 October 2015
 
Jeremy Helm is undertaking his first marathon to fundraise for Different Strokes
 
Jeremy Helm has a personal interest in Different Strokes as he suffered a haemorrhagic stroke aged 4, which changed not only his own life but also that of his family as well.

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Jeremy is now 31 years of age and having lived through childhood and adulthood with physical and at times mental issues as a consequence of the stroke, he believes wholeheartedly in the work of Different Strokes and the help and support it provides to other younger stroke survivors and their families, who may have experienced similar problems.

Click here to visit his justgiving page. 


26 September 2015

The Hinken Hootenanny!
 
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For more information please click here

Tickets are now on sale for the Hinken Hootenanny. Line up and further details can be found via their facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1617392271881666/26


23 September 2015

 
Thank you!
 
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A very big thank you to Tony Broadhead and Faye Provoost from President UPVC Limited, a local Milton Keynes company who organised a fantastic fundraising event on 23rd September, which raised £2000 for Different Strokes.   Thank you also to the wonderful Alan Parsons who runs our Milton Keynes exercise and support group who originally made contact with Tony to get his fascias done!  Not forgetting of course a big thank you to the prestigious Woburn Golf Club for hosting a very worthy fundraising night”


23 September 2015  

Aviva Endurer Event raises over £1,500 and several hundred more with Gift Aid!
 
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Many thanks to the Aviva team for taking doing the Endurer Event!

“Our dear friend and manager Darren suffered a stroke earlier this year at only 40 years old.

We are therefore wanting to raise money for a charity called Different Strokes. This charity specialises in helping younger stroke patients recover from their ordeal.

We are therefore doing this by doing the endurer”

Click here to visit their fundraising page. 


11 September 2015

 
The festive season is soon approaching!
 

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Taking place on Sunday 6 December 2015, the fun run is set to bring a flash of red and Christmas cheer to Victoria Park, London, as Santa's from up and down the country tackle the 5km and 10km courses.

Want to take part?

You can don your free red suit & beard and support Different Strokes by registering here or contact Jo Aurora on 01908 317 618 or for more information click here.


27 August 2015
 
Just 10 days until Mike Lewendon embarks on his London to Brighton Bike ride in aid of Different Strokes!
 
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Mike says "Please make my hours of training worthwhile and make my grimace a huge smile! Thanks"
 
Please show your support and to donate click here.
 
 

25 August 2015
 
ITV has commissioned TwoFour to produce 6 x 60 primetime studio Entertainment Series for the channel showing an array of incredible real life transformations.
 
 
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Davina McCall will host the show and she'll meet people from all over the the UK willing to share with the nation what they pledge to change about their life by 'This time Next Year' This pledge could be anything from losing half their body weight, finding the love of their life or even becoming a parent.
 
For more information click here.
 

24 August 2015

Barclaycard cycling challenge raises over £6,000!

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Darren Sidney, Vasanth Selvan and Ian Parker from Barclaycard came to Different Strokes head office on the 24th August to present us with the cheque for £6,115.70 which they raised doing the Lands End to Northampton cycle ride in July. Different Strokes would like to say a big Thank You to the cycle team, Barclaycard and all those who sponsored the team helping them reach the amazing total.’

If you or your company would like to support Different Strokes, please contact Jo Aurora on 01908 317 618. 


19 August 2015
 
Many thanks to Tracey Herbert for taking part in a Sky Dive for Different Strokes!
 
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Read more about Tracey's experience of doing a parachute jump on behalf of Different Strokes here.
 
If you're interested in doing a parahute jump at no cost AND raise money for Different Strokes then call Jo Aurora on 01908 317 618.
 

 
15 August 2015
 
Summer Disco
 
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All auction proceeds go to Different Strokes!  View the flyer here.
 

 
28 July 2015
 
A Documentary series about love and disability
 
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Are you interested in taking part in a Channel 4 Documentary TV Series?  A follow up series to the Undateables will follow disabled people through the highs and lows of finding love. 
 
If you're interested then please call Greg at Head Office on 01908 317 618 or send him an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

24 July 2015
 
Clot-busting stroke drug safe, says expert review
 
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A panel of independent experts has decided that a clot-busting drug often used to treat strokes is "safe and effective".
 
Please click here to read the whole article

17 July 2015

 
London to Paris bike ride 2016 - Now open, book your place!
 
Click here to book your place now for next year's London to Paris bike ride.
 
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Andy Ibbott (stroke survivor) and our newsletter 'Ask the Expert' physiotherapist Jon Graham took on the challenging ride from London to Paris on a tandem bicycle, to raise £7,000 for Different Strokes.  All funds raised went towards supporting younger stroke survivors. 
 
Andy says "I've never been happier to see the Eiffel Tower and was very happy to complete this long and exhausting journey, not least because we raised money for such a fantastic charity". 

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 16 July 2015
 
Olga Mathews, stroke at 50, takes on the Preston Run for Different Strokes
 
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"Almost 12 years on I can walk, still have the same job and life is good. Different but good, and I still love every minute of it. I am also a Different Strokes volunteer because I want the help that was there for me to be there for others"
 
To donate please click here

14 July 2015
 
Tony's 100k London to Cambridge challenge
 
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Tony is a long standing volunteer and has raised thousands of pounds for Different Strokes since his sister in law Caroline had a stroke aged 36.  Please help him reach his target by donating here.  Thank you!

 
14 July 2015 
 
Sheena's 100k London to Cambridge challenge
 
Sheena's friend had a stroke aged 39.  She says, "So my next challenge is to walk 100k from London to Cambridge. On my first attempt to walk 100k I had to stop at 55k due to a blister, I have learnt a few things since then on how to protect my feet from that fate again so hopefully nothing will stop me this time!"
 
To donate and find out more please click here.
 
13 July 2015
 
Helping Stroke paitients to see
 

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Stroke patients in the west of England are helping researchers develop glasses to make their eyesight less distorted.
Researchers at Southmead Hospital in Bristol have been measuring the gait of stroke sufferers, using sensors to measure how they walk.

To read more on this article please click here.


 2 July 2015

 Sickness benefit shake-up considered
 
Plans to scrap part of the UK's main sickness benefit are being considered, a leaked Whitehall paper suggests.  To read more about this and the article bplease click here.
 

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Well done to our patron, Megan Giglia!
 
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Our Patron Megan Giglia has made the team selection for the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships 29 July-2 Auguest, Nottwill in Switzerland.  For more information please click here.
 

23 June 2015
 
Graham Goddard takes on Alps cycling challenge for Different Strokes 
 
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"Back in 2002 just a few weeks after my 40th birthday I suffered a stroke due to an undiagnosed PFO (hole in the heart). I was unable to work for just over two years in total.

At the end of June I will taking on my biggest personal challenge to date, when I will be taking part in the Schwalbe Tour Trans Alp which is a 7 day cycling challenge over the Alps covering 880km, and just over 19,000 metres of climbing and 21 mountain passes."  

To sponsor Graham on his fundraising event please click here 


19 June 2015

New stroke treatment could double patient survival 

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 A new treatment for strokes uses a wire to gently pull the blood clot from patients. 

To read more on the story please click here


18 June 2015 

Please sponsor our fantastic team of Barclaycard cycle riders - 300 miles Land's End to Northampton, 1st to 3rd July 2015

 
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"We are a team of (mainly) unfit office workers who cycle for charity every year.  Each year we have increased the distance of the rides to make it more challenging and this year we have decided to try to cover 300 miles over 3 days from Land's End back to Northampton. We decided on Different Strokes after one of the team's wives suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2010 and found this charity during her recovery. The charity proved a vital support network who helped her to cope.  Being a brain injury it is difficult to explain to people about the issues that stroke survivors encounter.  On the surface things can look normal but there are many challenges that are not always apparent.  Different Strokes understands these issues and offers support, guidance and contacts who have been through or are going through similar issues.  It also helps the family of those affected who can struggle to understand.
 
Barclays encourages its staff to contribute to the community and offers a pound for pound matching scheme that can potentially double the amount the team raises."Darren Sidney on behalf of the team.  
 

Show your support by donating here.  To find out more about the bike ride please click here.


17 June 2015

Different Folks for Different Strokes 2 July 2015

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We would like to thank Tom Jenkins for all his hard work he has put in to raise funds for Differnt Strokes. This should be a great night and all funds go to supporting Different Strokes.

To Find out more about the event please click here 


 12 June 2015

Robert Jackson cycles across America for Different Strokes 
 
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Robert Jackson completed his 4623 bike ride across the USA on Friday 12th to raise awareness and funds for Different Strokes. Huge congratulations on a fantastic achievement. To find out more about his fantastic achievement please click here. Please donate here. Any support is greatly appreciated. 


 
17 June 2015 

Emily Zammet and team complete Endure24 for Different Strokes 

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Congratulations to Emily Zammett and her team for completing Endure 24 (a 24 hour relay race, running a 5 mile lap as many times as possible in 24 hours) to raise funds for Different Strokes.  Thank you so much to all of them and to all of their generous supporters!
 
Emily says, “It all started as a personal challenge for each of us, however after a family friend had a stroke I thought I would use this opportunity to raise some money for a charity that helped when others refused, the charity is called Different Strokes it's based in Milton Keynes, they help and support people who have suffered from a stroke no matter their ages, young and old, they also support their families.  Not going to lie it was the hardest thing we have ever done! I ran 20 miles which is the most I've ever ran before and even though I'm aching all over, I have agreed to do it again next year!! 
 

Please donate here.


16 June 2015 

Stroke drug to be reviewed amid concerns of benefits

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The BBC has learned that a leading drug used to treat strokes is being reviewed following concerns that it could do more harm than good. 

To read more of the article please click here


9 June 2015

TECH-NOIR fund raising at Bar 76 Hove on Saturday 6th of June in association with BMC (Brighton Music Conference)         

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We would like to thank Danny Chase and Everyone at Tech-Noir for putting on a Fund raising event for Different Strokes. It took place on Saturday 6th June at bar 76 in hove. Danny Chase had a stroke in September 2014, he was just 39 years old. Danny has a real passion for music and used it as his therapy. 

The event raised £415 which is fantastic this will go towards helping younger stroke survivors get their life back on track. 

To read more on the event and to see more photos please click here


9 June 2015 

Virtual reality helps stroke patients use weakened limbs

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Virtual reality could help stroke patients recover by "tricking" them into thinking their affected limb is more accurate than it really is.

To read more on the aritcle please click here

 


 29 May 2015

TECH-NOIR is back at Bar 76 Hove on Saturday 6th of June with a big party in association with BMC (Brighton Music Conference).

All proceeds from the event will be going to Different Strokes, a charity for younger stroke survivors.

A top DJ line-up includes headliner BRODY plus NICK HOOKPAT WALLERSCOTTY SLDROB HOLMETERRY WALLER and PAUL HILDITCH for what is sure to be an absolute monster party.

Two rooms of music -

• Underground house and uplifting tech in the downstairs club room, on a big room sound-system.

• Classic and old school house plus funky and deep grooves in the upstairs bar.

Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/562714470535102/

To read the full press release please click here


19 May 2015

The Possibilities Are Endless Aphasia Awareness Campaign Presents:

a FREE art workshop on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 1 - 4pm at RSPB's beautiful Rainham Marshes Reserve on the River Thames for those with aphasia, their friends and family and those working in the field 20150410 Possibilities are Endless

"I think my first real recovery began with my first bird drawing."

- Edwyn Collins, The Guardian

www.thepossibilities.co.uk/campaign/about

Or for more information click here

  


 30 April 2015

Different Strokes Medical Adviser, Professor Pankaj Sharma, receives prestigious award

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We are delighted to announce that our Medical Adviser, Professor Pankaj Sharma, won a very prestigious award on Friday night!

Pankaj Sharma, honorary consultant neurologist at Ashford & St Peters NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Neurology at Royal Holloway college University of London, was named the United Kingdom’s top Asian medical doctor at the British Indian Awards 2015 ceremony held last week at Chateau Impney in the West Midlands.

Prof Sharma’s work on researching into the genetic causes of stroke in Asians across the UK, Middle East and India was particularly cited, as well as his charity work in the stroke sector. Prof Sharma is a frequent media commentator on neurology and stroke related issues.

He commented, “I am delighted and humbled to have received this award which particularly recognises the research and charity work my group and I have undertaken for stroke in the high risk Asian populations across the world. I accepted it on behalf of my team without whom this work would never have been, and continues to be, so successful."


25 April 2015

Different Strokes at UK Stroke Assembly, 9-10th June
East Mids Conference Centre

If you’d like to join us, you can book a 2 day ticket with accommodation for a special rate of £49.00. Click here  to download a paper booking form, then complete and return it with cheque payment by 1st May. More info at www.strokeassembly.org.uk or #strokeassembly.


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10 April 2015

You are invited to: The Possibilities Are Endless FREE aphasia art workshop on Hampstead Heath!

Join us on Saturday 18th April for an afternoon of nature inspired art. The
Possibilities are Endless campaign, is inspired by the critically acclaimed film of the
same name, that tells the story of Edwyn Collins, a celebrated lyricist who, at the age
of 45, suffered a stroke resulting in severe aphasia. Click here for more information

 


27 March 2015

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 Different Strokes Patron Megan Giglia reaches bronze medal in her first para-cycling track world championships

Great Britain Para-cycling Team’s Megan Giglia produced an impressive debut performance at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships on Friday, qualifying for the bronze medal final in the C3 pursuit. Read more about it here.

 


23 March 2015

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Different Strokes Patron Robert McCrum on Radio 4
"The Life In My Head: From Stroke to Brain Attack"


We'd love to hear your feedback on the show.  Tweet us @diffstrokes with #diffstrokes or comment on our Facebook page here.Click here to listen to both episodes of Robert McCrum's "The Life In My Head: From Stroke to Brain Attack" on Radio 4.  They feature Andrew Marr, our new patron paracyclist Megan Giglia and our Medical Adviser Professor Pankaj Sharma.  

 


20 March 2015

Please sponsor our fantastic team of Barclaycard cycle riders - 300 miles Land's End to Northampton, 1st to 3rd July 2015

Barclaycard cycleriders"We are a team of (mainly) unfit office workers who cycle for charity every year.  Each year we have increased the distance of the rides to make it more challenging and this year we have decided to try to cover 300 miles over 3 days from Land's End back to Northampton. 

We decided on Different Strokes after one of the team's wives suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2010 and found this charity during her recovery. The charity proved a vital support network who helped her to cope.  Being a brain injury it is difficult to explain to people about the issues that stroke survivors encounter.  On the surface things can look normal but there are many challenges that are not always apparent.  Different Strokes understands these issues and offers support, guidance and contacts who have been through or are going through similar issues.  It also helps the family of those affected who can struggle to understand.

Barclays encourages its staff to contribute to the community and offers a pound for pound matching scheme that can potentially double the amount the team raises."

Darren Sidney on behalf of the team.  

 

Show your support by donating here


17 February 2015

New report highlights rehabilitation as "Cinderella Service" of NHS

Faster and more effective rehabilitation after hospital treatment could save the NHS and UK economy many millions of pounds. Following research conducted by Irwin Mitchell, the Times Rehabilitation Report highlights the 'Cinderella service' that could, with the right level of support and investment, save the NHS millions of pounds through faster and more effective rehabilitation post discharge.  Read the full report here


27 January 2015

Make a life-changing New Year's Resolution!

This year, please make your New Year’s resolution to take the #diffstrokeschallenge and spread the word about stroke in younger people!  Tell a friend, tell a colleague, tell a neighbour, tell everyone!

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Oliver says: “150,000 people have a stroke in the UK every year. At least 25% of these are of working age or even younger, like me. When I had my stroke I was 18 years old and had just finished school.  My plans for university were put on hold as I focussed hard on recovery.  Walking again took grit and determination but I was fortunate and I now feel stronger than ever.  I am now at university and am currently undertaking a work placement at Different Strokes.

Different Strokes can help by putting you in touch with a local group, letting you talk to somebody who understands on the StrokeLine or on its Facebook group, sending you a relevant information pack so you know which services and organisations are available to help. I wish I had found out about Different Strokes sooner!

Please take the #diffstrokeschallenge today and tell one other person about Different Strokes and the support we offer. If you are feeling more adventurous and want to do more (raising funds, setting up a group volunteering), so much the better!  Tweet us with your challenges at @diffstrokes or get involved at our supporters page.” 

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Our Family workshop held in conjunction with Sickle Cell & Young Stroke Survivors (SCYSS) on Saturday was a great success.  Thanks to DS patron Megan Giglia and to Clinical Neuropsychologist Jo Johnson for their inspirational presentations and sharing coping strategies.  

 

 

Sharing experiences; raising awareness

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Different Strokes has teamed with the Airport Parking Shop to raise awareness about "Flying after a stroke - The hidden challenges".  Read the full article here .

Listen to our Medical Adviser, Professor Pankaj Sharma, speaking about stroke in younger people 

 

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