Blackpool woman’s donation to stroke unit after life-threatening illness

Lyn and Glenn Barratt with Adult Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader Clare Thompson.
Lyn and Glenn Barratt with Adult Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader Clare Thompson.
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A Blackpool woman who suffered a massive stroke just two weeks after her 40th birthday has raised money to help people recover their speech.

Lyn Barratt was cared for on the Stroke Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and had ongoing treatment by the hospital’s Speech and Language Therapy Team for the difficulty she was having with her language and speech, known as aphasia.

She says she had such good care at the hospital that she wants to give something back, and has made a donation of £250 to the Speech and Language Therapy Team specifically for an assessment kit to help treat people with aphasia.

Lyn’s husband, Glenn, said: “Our experience of the Stroke Unit and the Speech and Language Therapy team at Blackpool was amazing; the staff were phenomenal.

“Lyn and I wanted to give something back for all the care and treatment she had by holding a charity event in aid of the people who helped, particularly the Speech and Language team.”

Lyn and Glenn, of Marton, organised a psychic evening at Lennox Gate Community Centre in South Shore in December last year, and said it was so successful they wanted to organise more events to raise even more money.

Glenn said: “It was a phenomenal success. We had 40 people there, and as well as donations on the night Lyn and I received donations from people who couldn’t make it because they knew how much support we had both had from the hospital.

“We are definitely going to do more. It means a lot to us that we are able to donate the money for this assessment.”