A Weymouth stroke survivor is calling on people to roll up their sleeves, grab a mixing bowl and getting baking in a campaign to help make a vital difference.
The Stroke Association’s fundraising initiative, Give a Hand and Bake, calls on people across the South West to host their own bake sale, all with the aim of raising some serious dough.
The money raised will help fund world-leading research that will help to save lives and change the story for stroke survivors.
This year, thousands of people across the UK will be donning their aprons for Give a Hand and Bake Week, which runs from Monday, October 23 until Sunday, October 29.
Among them is 25-year-old Kirsty Roberts from Weymouth who had a stroke three months ago.
Kirsty’s stroke was caused by a blood clot triggered by taking the contraceptive pill.
Kirsty said: “Since having my stroke, I’ve realised just how little people understand about the condition. No one can believe that I’ve had a stroke, they think I’m too young, fit and healthy.
“Thankfully I’ve made a remarkable recovery from my stroke, and I count myself very lucky. I know just how devastating this condition can be, and that’s why I’m really passionate to make more people aware that a stroke can happen to anyone, at any time.
“On Wednesday, October 25, I’ve roped in my work colleagues at Dorset County Council to join me in supporting the Stroke Association with a Give a Hand and Bake event. Along with lots of delicious cakes, we also have a raffle with some amazing prizes, and the Stroke Association are going to offer free blood pressure checks.
“My family, friends and colleagues have been so supportive, I’m so thankful for their help in raising awareness, and look forward to supporting the Stroke Association.”
Jen Robinson-Slater, regional fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “Across the UK, more than a million people like Kirsty are rebuilding their lives after stroke. By taking part in Give a Hand and Bake, you could help people who have been affected by stroke get their lives back on track.
“As a charity dependent upon funds, we’d love people in the South West to have some fun and bake up a storm with friends, family or colleagues this autumn. It doesn’t matter if you’re a baking beginner or a seasoned chef, join us and let’s get stuck in with Give a Hand and Bake.
“Whether you prefer to bake brownies for the office or host an afternoon tea party with friends and family, there are lots of ways you can bake up a storm and rise to fundraising success. The money raised will go a long way to funding innovative research into stroke care and treatment.”
Visit stroke.org/GAH to find out more about how you can get involved in Give a Hand and Bake, and help to change the story for stroke survivors.