Thursday, 10 May 2012
Charity campaigners highlighted the warning signs at a stroke awareness day organised by an inspirational MidKent College student.
Art student Amber Garland, 21, from Gillingham, had to learn to speak again after suffering a stroke in August 2009, and has no memory of her life before it happened.
Amber was joined by representatives from the Stroke Association – a charity of which she is now a volunteer – to help her run the event at the Medway Campus yesterday (Wednesday, 9 May).
It included games, blood pressure testing, advice, information and the screening of a short film about Amber’s day-to-day life.
Stroke Association spokeswoman Jane Sedgwick said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Amber.
“She has embarked on becoming a volunteer and we thought it would be a great idea if she lost her training wheels and did an event like this so she can get used to being in the spotlight.
“Amber has done very well and the event has attracted a lot of attention, which is obviously what we were hoping for.”
The event is one of more than 200 being held as part of Action on Stroke Month. Visit www.stroke.org.uk/campaigns for more information.
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