Stroke charity sets higher fund raising target

January 30 2018

A LACK of funds means a charity is only helping one in five people in South Gloucestershire and Bristol who have suffered a stroke.

A LACK of funds means a charity is only helping one in five people in South Gloucestershire and Bristol who have suffered a stroke.

It has now launched a bid to raise £300,000 - an extra £100,000 on top of its original target - to make a difference to the lives of a potential 350 local people.

Formerly known as the Bristol Area Stroke Foundation, the 35-year-old charity is now known as Bristol After Stroke.

Its chief executive, Rebecca Sheehy, said: “We’re there when a person comes out of hospital to advise, encourage and support them as they fight their way back towards living a fulfilling life.

“Because we rely on so many volunteers, many of whom have survived a stroke, every pound we raise goes a very long way. 

“We want more people to know about stroke and how to deal with it if it happens. While it affects so many people’s lives, there are so many misconceptions about it, not least that getting the right help at the right time can significantly improve recovery.” 

One man who supports the charity is Eddie Ruskin, 48, of Yate, who had two strokes and a brain haemorrhage in 2014.

Despite an initial poor prognosis, his determination resulted in him working and driving again, even qualifying as an advanced driver with the Institute of Advanced Motoring.

Recently he completed a gruelling long distance drive from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in just one day to raise funds for the charity.