Hear from stroke survivors Santokh and Finn

In a single moment, stroke can snatch away a former way of life. But the human spirit is powerful and people adjust with resilience. 

Stroke survivors Santokh and Finn, along with their families, tell us how they're finding the magic in Christmas once more.

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Two years ago, when he was 58-years-old, Santokh had a devastating stroke. He was left with limited mobility and severe aphasia.

“The first Christmas after Santokh’s stroke was different. It was still a lovely Christmas, but there was still some sadness"
Nielam, Santokh's wife


Dr. Finn Farquharson had a stroke in 2017, whilst at work at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. While he regained the ability to use his right limbs fairly quickly, the stroke left Finn with severe aphasia.

“I was so scared, but I feel lucky to be here. I am focused and determined. I find opportunities to practise my speech wherever I can.”

Help a stroke survivor believe "I am more than my stroke."

With your support, we can help stroke survivors see that they are more than the physical abilities and self-belief that they may have lost. They are still themselves - fathers, mothers, children, husbands, wives, friends, grandparents – and their stroke does not define them.

Together we can help them make their best possible recovery, and find the magic in Christmas once more. 

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