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Mayoral Charities

The Chair of Council/Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Ben Randles, has announced that the two Mayor's Charities that he has chosen for 2018/19 are The Stroke Association and The West of England MS Therapy Centre. All money raised throughout the year will be split equally between the two charities. All money raised during the two major fundraising events that take place in the town (Community Festival and the Fireworks Display) and any other events organised throughout the year are donated to the Mayor's Charity.

The Stroke Association

The Stroke Association

We are the UK's leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. We provide vital services, campaign for better stroke care and invest in research to find better treatments, sooner.

There are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. That's one stroke every five minutes. Even though you are now twice as likely to survive a stroke compared to 20 years ago, stroke is still the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK. We know we need to change how people think about stroke and challenge the myths surrounding it. We push for greater awareness of stroke and its warning signs and campaign for better stroke care. We believe strokes can and should be prevented. We believe everyone has the right to make the best recovery they can after stroke. We believe research has the power to save lives and ensure people make the best recovery they can.

Our research has helped to improve treatments and care which has saved thousands of lives, including ground breaking progress in providing mechanical thrombectomies to reverse the effects of a stroke.

Our support services have helped hundreds of thousands of people get through one of the most frightening experiences of their lives and build a life after stroke. Our Helpline is available to all stroke survivors and their families to answer questions, provide advice and sometimes just a listening ear. Our Life After Stroke grants help make simple but life-changing adjustments, from installing a chair lift or providing gym membership they really do make all the difference. Our stroke clubs and groups across the country provide face to face peer support in the most challenging and darkest times for a stroke survivor.

Our campaigning has touched the lives of even more people through initiatives like the FAST campaign, making more people aware of the signs of a stroke and the importance of taking emergency action.

Together we can conquer stroke.

Website: www.stroke.org.uk

The West of England MS Therapy Centre

The West of England MS Therapy Centre

The Centre was established as a registered charity in 1985. Initially set up by Jackie Brightwell in a small industrial unit in Nailsea it grew over time so that in January 2012 the Centre moved into a larger bespoke building in Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire, less than 5 minutes from the M5/M4 interchange.

We provide treatments, therapies and support to people living with neurological conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis, in a caring, friendly and professional environment. We are the only Therapy Centre open to people on a self-referral basis and cover South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, North East Somerset, Bristol, BANES, and South Wales.

Our aim is to support people with neurological conditions so that they can remain independent and active for as long as possible. Whilst there is no cure for many of the conditions we treat the therapies and social support we offer helps individuals to cope better with the day-to-day challenges they face.

We are bolstered by a huge team of Volunteers. Our Oxygen Treatment department has 20 regular volunteers who operate to keep the oxygen chamber running full-time. Volunteers help across the board from administration to running the Carer's Support Group. We've estimated that the Charity and members benefit from 751 volunteer hours every month!

Website: mstherapybristol.org.uk

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