Charity of the Year - StrokeInformation
Healthwatch Stockport happy to announce Charity of the Year – Stroke Information
Healthwatch Stockport is happy to announce that its charity of the year goes to Stroke Information, a charity that helps anyone impacted by stroke, stroke survivors, carers and family members on ways to cope and manage after a stroke. Set up by Nick Clarke a professional football player for Stockport County FC, who suffered a stroke over 7 years ago. With a bad bleed on the brain, Nick found out the hard way, that life isn’t easy after a stroke. Nick realising that there wasn’t much support for him when it happened, now gives free information through his charity for stroke survivors, carers and other family members hoping that the charity can help them out as much or as little as possible.
Maria Kildunne, Chief Officer, Healthwatch Stockport said “There are over 6,000 stroke survivors in Stockport and the charity Stroke Information really touched our hearts. In choosing Stroke Information as our charity of the year, we will be running events throughout the year to raise the profile of the charity, raise some much needed funds and more importantly raise awareness that there is local support for stroke survivors and anyone affected by stroke”
Healthwatch Stockport is an independent champion for local people, who thrive on getting the best out of health and social care services for its community.
Maria continues “For those who do not know much about Healthwatch Stockport, we do three things;provide information and signposting about health and social care services, so that you can stay well, we involve you by gathering yourviews, ensuring you are listened to about what works well and could be improved, andwe influence the planning and delivery of local health and social care services based on your views.
We hope that by working closely with organisations such as Stroke Information we can help more people to receive better care and support”
Nick Clarke, CEO and Founder of Stroke Information said “Our latest event which was supported by Healthwatch Stockport was a major success and I cannot thank Maria and her team enough as the event allowed people to come and learn about the charity, what we do, how we help people impacted by stroke and we provide advice, guidance and support which isn’t from a book, it comes from real life experience. Once I was informed that Stroke Information was chosen to be “Charity of the year” not only was I truly honoured but also overwhelmed because it shows that Stroke Information is starting to reach the unforgotten voices within the region”.
Stroke Information runs a drop in session every Wednesday at Disability Stockport for stroke survivors who are feeling isolated and want to talk to someone who has been in that position before, you can get in touch by calling 0330 055 2197.