Research helps stroke survivors rebuild their lives, but the pandemic has hit our funds hard. Every stroke survivor’s life is worth living – that’s why stroke research is worth saving.

Ruth had two strokes when she was just 30, which has caused her to experience memory, speech and emotional problems. In this video, you'll hear about Ruth's meeting with researcher Dr Terry Quinn, who is developing five-minute tests to assess memory problems following a stroke.

The video was filmed prior to the coronavirus outbreak.

Next steps

We urgently need your support. The pandemic has cut our research budget in half, putting at risk vital projects that could help save and rebuild lives after stroke

Further support

If you would like to talk to someone about the issues raised in Ruth's film, you can call our Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 or email

Samaritans provide confidential, emotional support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call the Samaritans on 116 123, or email