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Stroke Association is a charity
in the United
Kingdom. It works to prevent stroke,
and to support everyone touched by stroke, fund research,
and campaign for the rights of stroke survivors of all ages.
Stroke Association was formed in 1992 out of the Chest,
Heart and Stroke Association (CHASA), to focus exclusively
on stroke. The preceding decades had seen the development
of community based rehabilitation programs based on the
work of Valerie Eaton Griffiths with actress Patricia
Neal – wife of author Roald
Dahl - following her series of severe strokes in the
Supported by the CHASA, these services became an increasingly
significant part of their work until the charity decided
to focus all of its attention and resources on stroke to
become The Stroke Association.
range of Life After Stroke services, including Communication
Support, Information, Advice and Support, and Stroke Prevention
helped 56,000 stroke survivors across the UK in 2010-2011.
These services operate in England (including the Isle of
Man and Jersey), Wales and Northern Ireland.
Information Services (SIS) provides UK-wide support, information
and guidance for those affected by stroke online and through
the a helpline.
After Stroke grants are a financial contribution made towards
stroke survivors’ living costs.
The charity offers courses for professionals working in
health and social care on all aspects of stroke, as well
as training to external organizations.
charity campaigns to support primary and secondary stroke
Association launched the Life After Stroke campaign
in May 2012, which aims to support people in their stroke
recovery. The campaign is outlined in the Struggling
to recover report and features key data from the Daily
Life survey, the UK's largest ever survey from stroke
This campaign is supported by the Stroke Survivors’ Declaration,
a document informing survivors on what they should expect
from health and social care.
2011, the charity was involved in the "Hardest Hit" campaign
against cuts to benefits for people with disabilities.
charity is working in partnership with the Department
of Health (United Kingdom) on its Act FAST campaign,
which was launched in 2009 and supported by national TV
advertisements. The FAST
(stroke) campaign informs the public on how to use a
test to recognise stroke
symptoms quickly. FAST is an acronym for Facial weakness,
Arm weakness, Speech problems and Time to call 999.
Your Blood Pressure
Stroke Association runs the "Know Your Blood Pressure" (KYBP)
with its partners Rotary
International, the Emergency
Medical Services, and St.
Andrew's First Aid to offer free blood-pressure testing
to members of the public. KYBP also encourages the public
to organise independent blood-pressure testing events.
on Stroke Month
charity launched its first stroke awareness raising month
in May 2012.
The focus of this year’s Action on Stroke Month was Life
After Stroke, highlighting the everyday difficulties
that stroke survivors and their families face and what needs
to change to ensure stroke survivors are supported to make
the best possible recovery.
campaign encourages stroke survivors to share their victories
in their recovery.
Ask First campaign
aims to raise awareness of the link between atrial
fibrillation and stroke, encouraging people not leave
atrial fibrillation undiagnosed.
Association is the biggest funder of research into stroke
prevention, treatment and after-care in the UK. Between
1991 and 2001, it has invested over £40 million on vital
Research funded by Stroke Association has the ultimate aim
of making stroke a preventable and treatable disease, and
improving the quality of life for people affected by stroke.
findings from research are crucial in the search for new
ways to prevent a stroke happening, find new or improve
existing treatments for those people who have a stroke,
and understand how the brain works and changes after a stroke.
evidence about treatments and therapies that comes from
research also helps doctors, nurses and other health and
social care professionals to convince commissioners to provide
appropriate and effective services to help the 150,000 people
in the UK who have a stroke each year.
research by Professor Keith Muir at the University
of Glasgow is working to improve thrombolytic research
with funding from the charity.
In 2011, they funded research into boosting the natural
brain repair process to limit post-stroke disability. This
was led by Professor Lalit Kalra of King's
Association has a research strategy for 2010-2015
After Stroke Awards
Life After Stroke Awards is an annual award ceremony that
celebrates the achievements of stroke survivors, their families,
carers, healthcare professionals and supporters. The event
has received support from celebrities including Sir
Bruce Forsyth, Gail
Fox and Lynda
News is the quarterly magazine from the charity aimed
at stroke patients and health professionals who work with
them. The Stroke Association also produce a range of patient-centred
and awareness raising leaflets and factsheets.
Stroke Association hosts the UK Stroke Forum – a coalition
of 32 organisations committed to improving stroke care.
The forum is the largest multidisciplinary stroke conference
in the UK where stroke clinicians and researchers share
ideas, promote research and provide a unified voice for
more statutory sector funding for research.
charity host the UK Stroke Assembly, an event attended by
stroke survivors, carers, stroke charities and researchers.
Stroke Association has held the Secretariat of the pan-European
patient representative organisation Stroke Action For Europe
since its inception in 2004.
SAFE consists of 22 patient groups across Europe. SAFE exists
to promote awareness and prevention of stroke, increase
the priority given to stroke by policy and decision-makers
in the EU,
and “co-ordinate the efforts of national stroke patient
groups in Europe”.
charity has won and been shortlisted for a number of notable
Third Sector Awards (2009), ‘Big Impact’ and ‘Social
Britain's Best Chairty (2008)
Britain's Best Charity (2007)
UK Charity Awards (2006), ‘Healthcare and Medical Research’
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