On Sunday Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, and his daughter, Lydia, completed the Step Out For Stroke walk at Crewe’s Queen’s Park, organised by the Stroke Association.
Step out for Stroke can be as long or as short as people can manage. For stroke survivors, this challenge often marks their first steps since their stroke, with participants saying it is a really “inspiring and emotional” day.
This sponsored family walk is a chance to raise essential funds for the Stroke Association and increase awareness of stroke.
The day included lots of family friendly activities including; face painting, raffles, craft stalls, guess the name of the teddy and live music.
The money raised will go to help prevent strokes and reduce their effect through campaigning, education and research, and also to help support the 1.1 million people in the UK adjusting to a life after stroke.
Edward made a speech at the event about the government’s approach to stroke care in England.
The Act FAST campaign, which is supported by the Stroke Association, aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke so that patients can get to hospital faster and receive quicker treatment, helping to save lives.
As a result of this campaign, last year the NHS saw a 25 per cent rise in stroke related 999 calls, and a 19 per cent rise in stroke sufferers being seen quicker. The department is also launching hard-hitting TV adverts which will help to raise awareness further.
The Health Secretary has also announced that £120 million will be invested in health research to benefit millions of patients and tackle some of the country’s biggest health problems over the next five years. This research is leading to better follow up care for stroke survivors through a simple questionnaire to make sure their needs are being met and that support is available in the community, and is part of a successful initiative set up by the Stroke Association.
Edward Timpson commented:
“With someone suffering a stroke every five minutes in England, it’s important that we continue to improve efforts to prevent strokes, take action more quickly when they do and make sure the best possible support is in place afterwards. This Step Out for Stroke awareness walk is a great way of showing that, with a positive attitude and excellent supply from carers, families and volunteers, stroke suffered can still go on to achieve amazing and inspiring things. Congratulations to Rachael Glover and all the Stroke Association team based at Leighton Hospital on pulling together such an impressive occasion.”