Film-maker Lotje Sodderland (‘My Beautiful Broken Brain’; ‘Can You Rebuild My Brain?’) directed our Rebuilding Lives campaign. Lotje tells us what the campaign means to her.

Q. Why did you want to get involved?

As a stroke survivor with residual, hidden disabilities, I am thrilled to direct this film. I’ve wanted to get involved with the Stroke Association ever since I first heard about their work following my brain haemorrhage. Working on this TV campaign is beyond exciting because the message we’re putting out will reach a very broad audience. 

Q. Why do you think a campaign about stroke is important? 

There is a lot of mystery surrounding both the causes and the effects of stroke, including the fact that it can happen to anyone at any age, and the results are often devastating. There are many stroke survivors struggling, but you can’t see what they are going through as the residual conditions are often invisible. 

My goal is to increase a sense of compassion and patience among the public and educate people about the experience of surviving a stroke and what it is to live with brain damage.

Our Rebuilding Lives campaign

Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community. 

Every five minutes, stroke destroys lives. We can help rebuild them.

Find out about the support available, sign up to hear how you can get involved, or make a donation to help us rebuild more lives.