In 2011, at only two years old, Beth had a stroke just before Christmas. Her mum, Maria, quickly realized something was wrong and called an ambulance. Beth was taken to A&E, but they didn’t identify it was a stroke for several weeks.
As a result of her stroke, Beth had communication difficulties and right sided weakness, which means she has to wear a splint on her right foot to stop her leg giving way. With the support of her family and friends, and generous supporters like you, Beth continues to rebuild her life every day. Maria told us: ‘the Stroke Association has offered a listening ear, put us in touch with other similar families and helped us access the help and support we have needed but didn't know was available to us.’ Maria went on to say,
"Baking has given us all a focus as a family to help with Beth’s rehabilitation. She has to work really hard in the kitchen to create her tasty treats, but the hard work she puts in is definitely worth it in the end. Baking not only helps Beth with her mobility, but also helps in other areas which she struggles in, like mathematics. Together we prepare the ingredients we’ll need, and Beth works out the measurements using scales. When it used to come to mixing the ingredients, we only had a bowl and a spoon which Beth struggled with. We’ve since invested in a hands-free electric mixer which means Beth no longer needs to ask for help at this point of her bake. Seeing Beth move around the kitchen and using both her hands while she’s baking is great. Sometimes she has to stop to take a rest, but she’s so determined to create her tasty treats that she’s back in the kitchen in no time.”
This year, Beth will be taking part in Give a Hand and Bake, baking her much-loved brownies and scones, and we hope you will be too!