Give campaign helping hand

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A stroke is much closer than many people think.

Most of us aren’t aware it’s the world’s second biggest killer.

It’s also one of the cruellest conditions I know.

Three quarters of stroke survivors lose the use of one of their hands.

Every day people have to re-learn to do the things they’ve always done, using their other hand.

The Stroke Association provides much-needed hope, inspiration, advice and support to thousands of people affected by stroke and their loved ones.

That’s why I’m urging readers to “Give a Hand” to conquer stroke.

Between October 26 and November 1, the charity is calling on people to complete an every-day activity with the hand they wouldn’t normally use to raise vital funds.

How about challenging your friends and family to “other hand” bowling or turn one hand to baking a show-stopper?

The Stroke Association has a “handful” of ideas to help you get started.

Just visit to download or request a pack.

Recovering from a stroke can be one of the hardest challenges life has to throw at you.

By giving a hand to the Stroke Association, Hartlepool Mail readers can help change the world for people affected by this devastating condition.

Mel Giedroyc,

C/o The Stroke Association,

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