In February 2017 the Stroke Association and Well Pharmacy joined forces to try and reduce people’s risk of stroke across the UK. The national pharmacy chain is aiming to raise £250,000 for Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure campaign, which helps people lower their risk of stroke by providing blood pressure checks within local communities. With 780 pharmacies across the UK, Well are passionate about providing people with personalized healthcare and well-being support.
The new charity partnership will focus on promoting stroke prevention by raising awareness of high blood pressure as the biggest controllable risk factor for stroke. Well Pharmacy offers free blood pressure checks and advice in its stores nationwide, helping more people than ever before take steps to reduce their risk of stroke.
Our Charity of the Year partnership with Royal Mail has raised a fantastic £1 million to fund 5,000 Life After Stroke grants and is set to raise a further £1 million by the end of the partnership to fund 10,000 grants.
The grants help improve the quality of life for stroke survivors and their families by funding much-needed equipment, from bicycles and gym memberships to embark on a healthy lifestyle, to driving lessons and sat navs to regain independence and confidence.
Jon Barrick, CEO at the Stroke Association, said: “Thanks to the millions of pounds raised by our charity partners, like Royal Mail, the Stroke Association has been able to support stroke survivors in their life after stroke at a time when they need us the most.”
Jeff Oatham, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Community Investment at Royal Mail, said: “Making it to £1 million is an incredible achievement and we are immensely proud of every single person who helped to make this happen.”
Since September 2014, Royal Mail staff have been aiming to raise £2 million by taking part in a range of fundraising activities, including 5k runs, cricket tournaments, car washes, bake-offs and quizzes.
For more information about our Royal Mail partnership, please click here.
In June 2014 we embarked on a strategic partnership with leading high-street opticians Vision Express, focusing on the link between stroke and visual problems (up to 60% of all stroke survivors will experience visual problems after their stroke.)
Our partnership activity has included training, awareness raising and sponsorship and has coincided with the launch of their ‘Vision. Taken Seriously.’ campaign which focusses on the importance of eye health.
So far we have:
- On World Stroke Day 2014 we undertook blood pressure testing in six London stores and were featured in a number of trade publications
- Stroke survivors have opened five new Vision Express stores
- Vision Express were the headline sponsors of our bespoke cycling event, the Thames Bridges Bike Ride in 2015 and are will be sponsoring the event again in 2016
- Vision Express sponsored the Adult Courage (65+) award at LASA 2015 and 2016
- On World Stroke Day 2015 we held a series of 70 KYBP events spanning the length and breadth of the company. Please click here to see the press release.
Jenny Wye, Senior PR Manager at Vision Express says:
“We are extremely proud to be working with the Stroke Association. Together we have achieved a range of activities, from store events to company-wide initiatives, which have engaged customers and employees at stores across the UK. Vision Express is committed to continuing to raise awareness of the help and treatment available for stroke survivors, and lending our support to the important work the Stroke Association does.”
TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation
The TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation support The Stroke Association, sponsoring our headline event, The Life After Stroke Awards (LASA.) In 2003, Toni Mascolo set up the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation with the support of his wife Pauline. In the last three years we have become one of the main beneficiaries and look forward to working with them in many years to come and at LASA 2016.
OMRON Healthcare is committed to improving the quality of everyone’s lives by providing clinically validated, innovative medical equipment for health monitoring and disease prevention. They have had a long-standing relationship with the Stroke Association for a number of years, and kindly provide us with the blood pressure (BP) monitors that the Stroke Association use at all Know Your Blood Pressure (KYBP) events across the country.
For 2016 Omron are sponsors of the Professional Excellence Award at the Life After Stroke Awards. Other activities include running a KYBP station at the Thames Bridges Bike event taking people’s blood pressure before and after the event, raising awareness to the importance of knowing your numbers.
Omron also sponsor the ‘High Blood Pressure & Stroke’ publication that our co-ordinators circulate to stroke survivors, clinicians and healthcare professionals and will be also having an exhibition stand at this year’s UK Stroke Club Conference.
The team at Omron will be looking to participate in some of our annual calendar fundraising events, and have already been involved with a local stroke group in Milton Keynes.
We look forward to continuing our partnership working with Omron into 2017 and beyond. Please click here to visit Omron’ website.
Kao is a leading global manufacturer of premium beauty care brands that are recognized around the world for their innovation and quality. Their brands include John Frieda and Molton Brown.
We are pleased to have been selected as one of Kao’s charity partners. Our work with Kao includes activity such as in store sample sales and a ‘charity week’ in Molton Brown stores.
Stroke Association has partnered with Savoo on a new and exciting fundraising project. Every time you make a search using Savoo, or use their money saving voucher codes, you can choose to donate to the Stroke Association. We look forward to working together in partnership with Savoo. Visit the Savoo website to find out more.
We're delighted to announce that we've secured a new charity partnership with ISS UK.
This leading global provider of facility services is aiming to raise £100,000 a year for at least two years to support the work of the Stroke Association.
The funds that ISS raise will go towards the Stroke Community Development Programme which provides funds for the development of new, sustainable, community-based initiatives that support stroke survivors and their families.
The partnerships will also aim to support employee’s health and wellbeing by raising awareness of stroke and prevention for ISS employees as well as offering a range of volunteering opportunities.
“I am pleased to honour the endorsement given by the majority of ISS employees in the UK and Ireland, through a vote in our employee survey, to appoint the Stroke Association as our charity partner. One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime and the effects of this can be devastating, not only for the person who has had the stroke, but for the family members and friends of the person.”
Matthew Brabin, CEO, UK and Ireland