Supporting life after a stroke
Two weeks after having her first child, Diane’s life was turned upside down when she suffered a stroke – at the age of 28.
For Diane, her brain haemorrhage felt like “the end of the world”. Within a year, her marriage had ended; and Diane was forced to move into an adapted bungalow, leaving behind her farm and shop she had built up.
The hardest part was having to leave her one year old son, as she could no longer take care of him.
In need of help, Diane turned to the Derbyshire Stroke Centre. With their support, Diane relearned skills so she could lead an independent life, and young role models gave her the optimism she needed in her recovery.
Diane now teaches one-armed cookery lessons to other stroke survivors and has her son stay with her one night a week.
The Derbyshire Stroke Centre changed Diane’s life. The centre was funded via Foundation Derbyshire, through the Royal London programme.
UK Community Foundations worked with the Royal London Foundation to support local organisations which help people with a long-term condition. This is at the very heart of Royal London’s ethos; helping their members choose organisations which make a difference in communities.