Stroke Newsletter which produces Stroke Matters, has since its launch in 2012, published free quarterly editions of the magazine, including a pilot.
In 2014, an ever increasing demand for the magazine necessitated a second bid made to the National Lottery, Awards for All, which thankfully was successful. The lottery grant enabled us to keep pace with constant new requests for Stroke Matters and we are currently distributing 2,400 per quarter.
Following a 3rd Lottery grant, the area in which it is distributed has widened from E. Yorkshire alone to now include Kingston upon Hull and North & North East Lincolnshire.
Furthermore, the magazine is now distributed to all care and nursing homes and to teams of peripatetic nurses who give them to stroke survivors on their rounds. In addition, the magazine continues to be supplied free of charge to all hospital stroke wards, rehabilitation units, GP surgeries, libraries, and to stroke clubs etc. All of which are very eager to have them and are very appreciative of the work we do.
We have many stroke clubs scattered around the country which have joined us in our friendship link section. They have proved to be very supportive, helpful and regularly send us articles about their clubs, which often contain invitations to other clubs to visit them. We plan to expand these links if future funding permits, so as to widen the distribution network in order that other parts of the country may benefit.
A new and exciting development is that in addition to the hard copy format, the magazine is now recorded in audio CD format by Driffield Talking Newspapers Charity (No 1003267). It is available to stroke survivors, libraries, GP surgeries and to all who receive the magazine every quarter thereafter. Furthermore, the CDs will be available on or through this website, and further it will be possible to access helpful information relating to strokes and related issues via YouTube.
Editor and founder, stroke survivor
Adviser and stroke supporter.
Roving ambassador specialist in health education and former stroke nurse.
Treasurer. Production Co-ordinator of Stroke Matters CDs, in conjunction with Driffield Talking Newspaper (who record weekly local news on CD for the visually impaired) and to which group I am Secretary.