New ways to save lives

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Some people may have watched the ITV documentary ‘Churchill’s Secret’ which aired on Sunday, February 28.

During the summer months of 1953, Sir Winston Churchill, who was Prime Minister for the second time and in his late 70s, had a devastating stroke which was kept secret from the world.

Sixty years ago, little was known about stroke and it was viewed by many health professionals as a sad, but untreatable condition.

Despite the efforts of the leading neurologists in the country, Winston Churchill never fully recovered, though he continued in office until 1955.

He sadly died in 1965.

Recent developments in medicine and research have transformed the way stroke patients are treated, and today far more people survive stroke.

But there is still much more to do to help the 1.2million people in the UK affected by the condition.

The Stroke Association is a charity, and we are proud to have funded pioneering research that has helped to save lives and improve stroke rehabilitation.

We want to ensure everyone touched by stroke has the help they need.

To find out more about the support that we are able offer, visit

Peter Moore,

Regional Director for the Stroke Association in the North East