Neil was a bright, sporty 13-year-old who loved playing rugby and swimming. In late 2015, his life changed dramatically when he became suddenly unable to move his arm or speak at all. At hospital Neil’s family were told he’d had a stroke, caused by a rugby tackle a few weeks earlier.

Neil has approached his intensive therapy with positivity, courage and determination, working hard to maximise his progress. He has returned to school and has achieved his goal of learning to swim again with one arm, as well as taking up canoeing, kayaking and riding a tandem bike.

Around one in three stroke survivors, like Neil, have difficulty speaking and understanding after a stroke, which can be terrifying and isolating. But with our support, people can find their voice again.

Find out how you can help stroke survivors who are lost for words.