Stroke Appeal

Stroke Appeal

Help give a stroke victim their life back.

The Stroke Unit looks after more than 100 stroke victims and patients with symptoms every month. Your donations will help support patients on their long road to recovery through a new build, investment in new technologies and equipment.

A stroke is not something you prepare for

We are relying on your support to change the lives of people at Frimley Park Hospital affected by stroke.

Please help us to make a difference today.

Our vision as a team is to provide a centre of excellence with the aim of becoming a national flagship service for stroke. To realise this vision a new build, which will be accessed from the Stroke Unit, will provide a quieter environment that patients and their families can access in order to spend that quality time away from the busy ward. Dedicated rooms will also be provided for Speech Therapy and Psychology assessments and for complementary services such as massage or hairdressing. To do this we need to raise £1 million.

patients visited the stroke unit in 2018

of stroke victims require on-going care over months or years.

minutes a stroke strikes in the UK alone

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to your brain. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain.
A stroke can affect the way your body works as well as how you think, feel and communicate.

What causes stroke?

As we age, our arteries become harder and narrower and more likely to become blocked. However, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can speed up this process and increase your risk of having a stroke.

Anyone can have a stroke

Many people think that strokes only happen to older people but stroke can strike anyone at any time.

While most people who have a stroke are older, younger people can have strokes too, including children. One in four strokes in the UK happens to people of working age.  There are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk. With simple checks, your GP can help you understand your risk of stroke and support you to make the changes necessary to reduce your risk.  Could you save a life by recognising the signs of stroke? Learn the FAST test


  • Most strokes are caused by a blockage cutting off the blood supply to the brain. This is an ischaemic stroke.
  • However, strokes can also be caused by a bleeding in or around the brain. This is a haemorrhagic stroke.
  • A transient ischaemic attack or TIA is also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms only last for a short amount of time. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary.

All strokes are different. For some people, the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long. Others may be left with more serious problems that make them dependent on other people. Unfortunately, not everyone survives – around one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke. That’s why it’s so important to be able to recognise the symptoms and get medical help as quickly as possible. The quicker you receive treatment, the better your chances for a good recovery

All strokes are different. For some people, the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long, while others may be left with more serious long-term problems.

You may have weakness or stiffness in some of your muscles after a stroke, or you may lose control of them altogether. This can lead to problems with movement and balance.

Around one-third of stroke survivors have problems with speaking, reading, writing and understanding what other people say to them.

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