Our vision is a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need. To help us achieve this we focused on our six key ambitions throughout 2016/17.

Preventing avoidable strokes

High blood pressure and Atrial Fibrillation are two of the biggest stroke risk factors. In 2016/17 we measured the blood pressure of 54,854 people at 1,997 Know Your Blood Pressure events.

Our Take a Moment campaign reached an estimated 25 million people, encouraging them to get their blood pressure checked. 

We worked with Public Health England to update their FAST TV adverts to help people to recognise the signs of stroke. 

Ensuring best stroke support and care

We launched A New Era For Stroke, campaigning for a new national stroke strategy for England. We mounted a petition which gained over 55,000 signatures in just six months. Over 50 MPs attended a Parliamentary reception we hosted in January 2017 and to date we've had over 100 Parliamentary questions supporting the campaign.

We worked with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to develop new clinical guidelines on stroke in childhood. 

Expanding the network of services and long term support across the UK

We've reached over 57,000 stroke survivors through our services. We found that 94% of stroke survivors who develop a stroke recovery plan with us achieve the outcomes that matter to them.

We extended our Helpline opening hours which has a 90% satisfaction rate. We secured Big Lottery funding for our Hand in Hand programme which will increase peer support and training for people affected by stroke across the UK. 

Building research and promoting knowledge to improve stroke care

We funded three new research awards worth £2.2m in vascular dementia. We funded a further three lectureships, three postgraduate fellowships and three postdoctoral fellowships, costing £1.45m. 

Professor Joanna Wardlaw delivered our annual Keynote Lecture, our flagship research event. The lecture, entitled ‘One small vessel stroke? One giant problem for humankind’, to an audience of 200 supporters, philanthropists and researchers.

Ensuring a well-trained and resourced health and social care workforce

1,700 delegates attended our UK Stroke Forum events in Liverpool and Belfast. Over 90 experts and researchers in stroke care presented across 16 scientific parallel sessions,14 training workshops and three plenaries.

We delivered professional masterclasses to stroke experts and stroke survivors, giving practical information on the long-term management of stroke. We delivered stroke training to 56 health and social care organisations. 

Developing the foundations for long term growth

We raised a total of £24.95m including £12.34m of legacies from generous supporters who left us gifts in their wills.

A record number of supporters actively participated in community fundraising activities and events including 11,088 runners who signed up to run in 31 Resolution Runs across the UK. 

Income from corporate partnerships and philanthropy also increased.