Stroke survivors’ hope

A mosaic created by stroke survivors was unveiled at Blackpool Victoria Hospital Stroke Unit  to mark the launch of Action on Stroke Month.
A mosaic created by stroke survivors was unveiled at Blackpool Victoria Hospital Stroke Unit to mark the launch of Action on Stroke Month.
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An inspirational mosaic created by stroke survivors has been unveiled at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to mark the launch of Action on Stroke Month.

The colourful mosaic will be displayed on the stroke ward as a message of hope for patients during their recovery.

It was created by eight survivors of the life-threatening medical condition during a workshop held by the Stroke Association in Blackpool.

Lisa Farquhar, from Lytham, was just 42 when she had a stroke in 2012, leaving her with difficulties walking and speaking.

Before her stroke, Lisa loved to paint but now finds this difficult because the stroke also affected her right hand.

She said: “The mosaic group has been a great place to meet new friends. It has inspired me to be creative again.”

Mavis Baron, from Blackpool, who had a stroke in 2013 at the age of 76, also attended the group.

She said: “When I had my stroke I thought it was the end of the world for me. Seeing how others were coping lifted my spirits.

“It made me realise that you can do anything with determination and that there is life after stroke.”

To coincide with the unveiling, the stroke ward also held a cake sale to raise money for the unit.

Dr McIlmoyle, lead consultant on the stroke unit with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We must thank the Stroke Association for their excellent work.

“It’s great to see some of the people we treated taking part in this project.

“We are often told we need to brighten up the ward with more pictures so this is a very welcome addition.

“It is apt that these pieces of art have been created by survivors of stroke so we really do appreciate the effort.”

Sam Lord, communication support co-ordinator at the Stroke Association in Blackpool, said: “We’re so pleased the stroke unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has chosen to display the mosaic mural.

“It will help to show stroke patients who are beginning their road to recovery that there is life after stroke.”

The Stroke Association provides support and advice in partnership with Blackpool Council and Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group.

For more information call 0303 30 33 100.