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Help stroke survivors find their voice

Regular gift
£50 could help fund more research projects, like Katie Monelly’s, looking to improve the ways in which we treat aphasia.
£25 could help run our support groups, which have been crucial for so many survivors like Jennifer.
£10 could help us provide more life-changing support to people with aphasia and their families.
A regular gift of £7 could help fund critical stroke research that could rebuild lives and even save them.
A regular gift of £5 could enable our Stroke Support Coordinators to continue giving people the emotional and practical support they need.
A regular gift of £3 could help us reach more people with My Stroke Guide, empowering them to manage their recovery.
Portrait image of Jennifer Gall sat on a wall smiling at camera
Portrait image of Katie smiling at camera
Portrait image of Jennifer Gall sat on a wall smiling at camera
Kelly sat in living room smiling
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Stroke support group
Bill and Andrea looking at iPad

Jennifer was only 18 when she had her stroke and her life fell apart. When Jennifer woke up in hospital she couldn’t say a word. Just like one third of survivors, Jennifer’s stroke had caused aphasia.

Aphasia is a language and communication disorder. It can be incredibly frustrating and being unable to express yourself can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Family and friends can find it very difficult too.

Everyone’s experience of aphasia is different, and this is where your vital support comes in. Donations are crucial to run support groups where someone like Jennifer can feel understood, fund stroke research that will develop new treatments and provide materials like our information guides designed especially for people with aphasia.

Jennifer says, “People with aphasia can do wonderful things with the right support.” You can hear Jennifer read her letter in the video below.

1 in 3 stroke survivors will experience aphasia. Please donate today to help people with aphasia to communicate with confidence, in whatever way they can.*

Thank you for helping to rebuild lives after stroke.

Stacey and Andrea's story

After her stroke, 45-year-old Andrea couldn’t move the right side of her body and lost all her speech. Returning home after six months in hospital was bittersweet. While everyone was so pleased Andrea was home, her communication difficulties were a massive challenge for her family.

Andrea sat in a wheelchair talking to Stroke Association employee

As her daughter, Stacey, recalls: “It was really difficult to get our head around aphasia. The Stroke Association was so helpful. They helped us understand what aphasia was, ways to help my mum communicate and how to communicate with her.”

Andrea was also helped by the local Stroke Café. “It has been so great for mum. She was able to meet new people in the same situation who understand and knew what she was feeling.

*Your donations will help to fund vital work – such as research projects, the Stroke Helpline and support groups – and help stroke survivors and their families rebuild their lives.