From left to right: James Norton, John Smejka, Kelly Hoppen

John Smejka from Navenby in Lincolnshire was presented with the Adult Courage Award (18-64), sponsored by Pink Lady.

He received the award in recognition of his passion and commitment in helping other stroke survivors in his community.

John had a stroke on Christmas Day 2011, which left him with complete right side paralysis and severe communication difficulties.

Following his stroke, John became extremely passionate about stroke research. He has supported several research projects for City University London and the universities of Oxford and Birmingham, and takes an active part in open days and helping medical students better understand aphasia

Lost for Words is a campaign to raise awareness and funds to enable the Stroke Association to support people who struggle with communication after a stroke. This year’s Life After Stroke Awards supported this campaign. Text ‘Stroke Awards’ to 70500 to donate £5.