Fundraising is life saving

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I am writing to say a huge thank you to everyone who has run, swam, walked, abseiled, hopped, held their breath or baked for the Stroke Association over the last year.

We have seen some fantastic support and recently saw the Royal Mail team in the region complete 5k runs, wash cars, play in cricket tournaments and Bubble Football matches to help raise an incredible £1million. It is a fantastic achievement and we are so grateful.

Every year there are 152,000 strokes in the UK – that is one every three minutes and 27 seconds. Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer, more men than prostate and testicular cancer combined, and is the number one cause of long-term severe disability.

But thanks to the millions of pounds raised by our supporters and charity partners, like Royal Mail, the Stroke Association has been able to support stroke survivors in their life after stroke and invest in ground breaking research.

Since September 2014, Royal Mail staff have been raising money so that we can continue to provide Life After Stroke Grants to survivors and their families at a time when they need us the most. These grants help survivors take their first steps back into the community.

We will be continuing to work with Royal Mail over the next year to raise a further £1million to fund up to 10,000 recovery and activity grants.

On behalf of stroke survivors and their loved ones, I would like to say thank you to Royal Mail for their time, commitment and support.

Jon Barrick,

chief executive,

Stroke Association