Social Impact Report
We use feedback from our annual survey of beneficiaries, case studies and social return on investment calculations to ensure that we are offering services that truly make a difference.
The heart of what we do
To ensure that stroke survivors and their families continue to be at the heart of what we do we produce an annual survey that is open to stroke survivors, family members, friends, carers and health professionals. We want to know if the services that we offer are meeting the needs of our community. The insight that this provides helps us ensure that we continue to deliver services that are relevant and from the heart.
We cultivate a culture of transparency and want to ensure that anyone who invests in our charity, whether through fundraising, volunteering or partnerships can know that their investment is in safe hands. We combine data and social return on investment methodology to calculate how effectively we are using funds and how our services are impacting on the people that they support.
After being sick I couldn’t get up off my bathroom floor despite fighting with all my will to do so. I was crying and confused but managed to get up after a while and continued to get ready for the day. At this point everything seemed reasonably OK and I genuinely thought I just had low energy due to being sick and slightly hungover, but I was scared and confused.
Grieving is something I would recommend to everyone that has been impacted by stroke. I used to think grieving was something that you did when someone has died, but I finally realised that grieving is about acknowledging that things have changed, and coming to terms with it.
Since that day of the stroke, I’ve gone on to live a very full and healthy life; I’ve been able to walk down the aisle to get married, I’ve given birth (despite being very high risk) to two amazing and healthy kids, I’ve travelled the world, I’ve been a runner and even shuffled through several half marathons and even a couple triathlons.
Andy’s Story – Stroke at 44 Just Days after Brain Surgery to Embolise a Fistula
I was 29 when I had a subarachnoid haemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm. It was while I was alone at lunchtime, and at home
I have no recollection of what happened to me as it is usual for the brain to forget what happened due to the bleed or urgent treatment. This is because my brain wasn’t working properly to lay down memories of my early stay in hospital.