Help raise stroke awareness
Sir, Around one in three people in Scotland have aphasia, a communication disability which can be caused by stroke.
The Stroke Association’s ‘Lost for Words’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the challenges this can cause for people who have had a stroke, and their families.
International chart-topper and singing sensation Jessie J is supporting our charity’s efforts. Jessie J said: ‘Having a stroke turns your life upside down in an instant and it was the scariest experience of my life.
‘I’m one of the lucky ones who’s recovered well, but many other stroke survivors aren’t so lucky, and have lost their speech or can’t read or write. I can’t imagine what that must be like, which is why I’ve got so much respect and admiration for the survivors who every day are finding different ways to express themselves again.
‘The Stroke Association’s Lost for Words campaign is brilliant because it’s highlighting this problem and raising funds for its work supporting the people who need it. That’s why I’m backing Lost for Words, and I hope you will too.’
Many stroke survivors tell us just how terrifying and isolating it can be to have aphasia. But with the right help and support, many people are able to find new ways to communicate, and can rebuild their lives.
Find out more about our Lost for Words campaign at www.stroke.org.uk.
Andrea Cail, director for Scotland, The Stroke Association.