A new Stockport based stroke charity, Stroke Information, is hoping that a cuddly toy will help to spread the word that help is available for stroke patients.
Stroke Information supplies online and telephone support to anyone around the UK looking for advice and motivation from people with real experience. The charity encourages stroke survivors and their families to make contact and share their stories and experiences.
Founder of Stroke Information, Nick Clarke said:
“Soon after my own severe stroke I discovered that there is very little help, support, guidance and information out there. I used my own experiences to form the foundations to build a registered charity.
“The national stroke charity downscaled in Stockport leaving the 5000+ registered Stroke survivors and their families with very little support. Through Stroke Information we are beginning to change that. On the website we have recently launched live chat whereby anyone needing information support and guidance can do so by the chat forum and in total confidence.”
Recently the charity were able to help the sister of a stroke survivor who had a stroke while on holiday in Crete without adequate travel insurance. The stepped in to help get him home to be with his family.
The charity has recently discovered that they can have their registered trademark – Steady Eddie – to help let stroke patients and their families know that there is support out there.
Steady Eddie is based upon Aesop’s famous fable the tortoise and the hare to depict that the one who takes their time will win the race, which is quite astute for those recovering from a Stroke.
Nick explains how businesses can help to bring the cuddly Steady Eddie to reality:
“I am seeing if I can get 30 (thirty) Stockport based businesses to donate / sponsor the bid by sponsoring a minimum of £250.00 each to ensure that we can make these toys available.
“There will be opportunities for publicity and press involvement: we can even bring the ‘real’ Steady Eddie into the workplaces and participating businesses will have one of the Steady Eddie toys to keep, to show your support to the cause.
“We will also be happy to host a roadshow at your premises to raise the awareness of Stroke, putting employees in a better position to help and understand should it happen to a family member or colleague.”
At the moment Nick is looking for commitment from 30 businesses to bring this to reality and won’t asking for any payment until he has agreement from 30 businesses to take part.
Nick Clarke – Chairman & Founder, Suite 4, Landmark House, Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire SK8 7BS.
STROKE INFORMATION Registered as a charity with the Registered Charity Number 1166424 7th April 2016
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