Stroke victim’s hard work rewarded
A HILLINGDON stroke survivor was recognised for his ‘hard work and courage’ in recovery.
Rick Hein, 63, was given a highly commended certificate by TV weather presenter Sian Lloyd and Stroke Association trustee Niraj Shah, at an event at Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant Centre, in Farringdon, on Monday, November 2.
The former teacher suffered a devastating stroke in April 2011 which affected his movement and coordination, leaving him struggling to speak and swallow.
After a lot of hard work, Rick regained the movement of his right arm and he started to re-learn his reading and numeric skills.
Mr Hein now volunteers for the Stroke Association and regularly attends the Hillingdon Communications Support Group.
He said: “I’m on the road to recovery. Every day I feel more confident with my speech.
“I might have had a stroke, but I still enjoy playing the piano and composing music. Life after stroke isn’t without its challenges – my memory often still plays tricks on me and I have to write down important facts.”
The stroke survivor, who says he’s ‘very lucky’ to be where he is now, thanked friends, family and the Stroke Association for all the ‘wonderful support’.
He added: “It’s an honour to receive the Life After Stroke Award, it’s given me a real sense of achievement.”
The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards recognise the courage shown by stroke survivors and carers, as well as the great work and commitment shown by health professionals, groups and supporter organisations.
Michelle Dalmacio, deputy director and services manager for the Stroke Association in London, said: “Our regional event highlights the tremendous courage local people have shown in rebuilding their lives after a stroke, or in helping others to do the same.”
For more information, visit www.stroke.org.uk/ LASA.
n ‘ROAD TO RECOVERY’: Rick Hein receives his award from Sian Lloyd