BBC History Magazine

This was Sylvia’s promise to you...


A generation ago, a woman named Sylvia made a promise. As a doctor’s secretary, she’d watched stroke destroy the lives of so many people. She was determined to make sure we could all live in a world where we’re far less likely to lose our lives to stroke.

She kept her promise, and a gift to the Stroke Associatio­n was included in her Will. Sylvia’s gift helped fund the work that made sure many more of us survive stroke now than did in her lifetime.

Sylvia changed the story for us all. Now it’s our turn to change the story for those who’ll come after us.

Stroke still shatters lives and tears families apart. And for so many survivors the road to recovery is still long and desperatel­y lonely. If you or someone you love has been affected by stroke – you’ll know just what that means.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. You can change the story, just like Sylvia did, with a gift in your Will. All it takes is a promise.

You can promise future generation­s a world where researcher­s discover new treatments and surgeries and every single stroke survivor has the best care, rehabilita­tion and support network possible, to help them rebuild their lives.

Big or small, every legacy gift left to the Stroke Associatio­n will make a difference to stroke survivors and their families.

Find out how by calling 020 7566 1505 or email or visit

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