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Stroke Survivor Charity Hopes To Raise Funds At Ealing Game

Bristol charity, which supports stroke-affected people, hopes to raise vital funds with a bucket collection at Ashton Gate on Friday, February 12th. 

Bristol Area Stroke Foundation supports people to adapt to life after stroke in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. 

They do this through a network of Stroke Coordinators and volunteers whose role is to provide practical, psychological and emotional support, advice and guidance to stroke affected people and their carers in order to help them with longer-term recovery and adapt to life with disabilities. 

They manage a number of weekly support groups and monthly drop-in Stroke Cafes across the region.

Steve Perkins is a retired mechanical engineer and life-long Bristol City supporter. Steve suffered from migraines for many years, and on the morning of his stroke in May 2014, he thought he was just getting another one.

He took some painkillers and went back to bed but that afternoon his wife spotted the classic stroke symptoms – his face had fallen on one side and his speech was slurred. She took him straight to his GP who immediately called an ambulance. Barely aware of what was happening, Steve was rushed to the BRI and into a scanner.

After that he has no more memory as he lost consciousness and was in a coma for three weeks. He had had a bleed on the brain – a haemorrhagic stroke.

Steve says: “The consultant can’t believe my recovery, I should have been looking at residential care for the rest of my life!”

He has been left with a few long-standing issues following the stroke but now lives comfortably at home with a few adaptations. Although his wife still works he fills his time quite happily with domestic activities and goes to Bristol Area Stroke Foundation’s South Bristol Stroke Club once a week.

He commented: “I really love it! We have a good laugh. They’re a great bunch of people who are now my friends”.

As well as being a south Bristolian through and through, Steve has a family connection to Bristol City FC. His daughter is married to the great great-grandson of Billy “Fatty” Wedlock who played centre half for over 20 year from 1901 - 1921, was capped 26 times for England before the First World War and led the team to the FA Cup Final in 1909. 

The volunteers hope to raise money at the game on Friday night with bucket collection.

Click here for more information on the Bristol Area Stroke Foundation (BASF).

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