Scotland Celebration Event
In November 2016 we held our Life After Stroke Celebration event at the Marriot Hotel in Edinburgh. The event recognises the achievements of people affected by stroke in Scotland. Everyone who'd been nominated for a UK Life After Stroke Award was invited to attend. It was a truly moving event and we heard some inspirational stories, including Karlie’s.
Karlie, now aged two and a half, had a stroke when she was just nine hours old. Her parents were told that there could be complications as a result. Karlie did end up with weakness down one side but after hours of intensive physiotherapy, she's now able to hold things in her left hand and even climb. She's also joined a dance school and completed her first dance show in front of a full audience. It’s fantastic to see her doing things the doctors feared she wouldn’t be able to.
Karlie, nominee for Children and Young People’s Courage Award
KYBP at the new Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh
Also in November 2016, we spent a full day on the construction site of the new Sick Kids hospital which is being built at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. The management team invited us in to talk to them about stroke and to do blood pressure checks for anyone who wanted one. We did almost 90 blood pressure checks on the day.
Many thanks to everyone at Multiplex, especially to Ian and Susan, for making us so welcome and for the donation towards our work.
KYBP and MSPs
Our MSPs have been getting in on the Know Your Blood Pressure act too. We spent four days inside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in November and December 2016 offering blood pressure checks to Ministers and staff. We took over 200 blood pressures across four days. Thank you to everyone at the Parliament.
Know Your Blood Pressure
Up to 80% of all strokes could be prevented.
High blood pressure is the single biggest, preventable, stroke risk factor. It often has no symptoms but is simple to control as long as you are aware that you have it.
We offer blood pressure events to workplaces for their employees. If you would be interested in finding out more please get in touch, call Jen on 0131 555 7253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can set up your own event - we'll send you everything you need.
My Stroke Guide Cafes – Paisley, Port Glasgow and Dumbarton
We offer monthly drop-in café meetings in Paisley, Port Glasgow and Dumbarton. The cafés offer peer and social support to those affected by stroke along with support to use My Stroke Guide. My Stroke Guide is an innovative, online tool for people affected by stroke. It can be accessed through a mobile phone, tablet or computer. The content has been shaped by people affected by stroke, for people affected by stroke. It offers access to advice and peer support and enables you to set your own goals to manage your long term recovery.
Day and time of meetings:
Paisley – second Monday of every month, 1pm-3pm
Port Glasgow – last Tuesday of every month, 1pm-3pm
Dumbarton – last Wednesday of every month, 1pm-3pm
If you would like more information about the drop-in cafes, please contact Maureen Hunter on 07703 319 220 or email email@example.com
2017 Resolution Runs and fundraising
There's still time to enter one of our Resolution Runs. Whether you want to run, jog or walk - these are the events for you. You can even choose your distance between 5km and 10km. We have runs in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Our Resolution Runs are very popular so it's best to sign up before the day to avoid disappointment.
We arrange lots of other events throughout the year and we also have Stroke Association places in some of the big events across Scotland open to all charities, including the Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend, Stirling Scottish Marathon and Loch Ness Marathon. Visit our fundraising page to find out more.
Alternatively if you would like to arrange your own event, contact our friendly fundraising team for support: Scotlandfundraising@stroke.org.uk
All money raised in Scotland, stays in Scotland.
Life After Stroke grants
We have recently awarded a number of Life After Stroke grants to people living in Scotland. We would love to give out many more.
The grants are for people who have had a stroke and are in financial hardship. They are one-off payments of up £300 which you do not have to pay back. They can be used to pay for things such as a new washing machine, a bed, mobility aids, a respite break and much more.
The grants are means tested. Please get in touch at GrantsScot@stroke.org.uk to find out if you or someone you are working with is eligible.
Stroke Policy in Scotland
Stroke has been a clinical priority for the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland for more than 15 years. Over that time there have been significant improvements in the quality of stroke care, which has contributed to a reduction in the number of deaths from stroke.
The key stroke policies and strategies in Scotland are: