Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Voice for the Victims; Your Shout

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Voice for the Victims; Your Shout

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I MAY be known more widely as someone who has campaigned to eradicate the abuse of children through the 'Sarah's Law' campaign named after my daughter. However I am writing to you now as someone who has had a stroke - a stroke survivor. Around 150,000 people have a stroke in the UK every year and millions live with the after effects.

Amazingly around a quarter of stroke survivors are under the age of 65 with some children even experiencing a stroke.

For some it is very difficult to make a recovery, but for many others, like me, with the right help, support and care, we can go on to have a successful and happy life. We can continue to be an active parent, remain independent and enjoy the small things in life that keep us going such as reading, talking to friends and going out for a meal.

Unfortunately, I know that of the thousands of you in the North East who have been affected by stroke, many of you will be finding life that little harder at the moment. …

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