Do you love baking or painting, swimming or tennis? Whatever your hobby, a host of celebrities want you to do it with a difference this month to raise money for stroke survivors around the UK.
Pantomime legend Christopher Biggins, TV personality Mel Giedroyc, Bafta-winning actress Miriam Margolyes, presenter Sian Lloyd and rugby legend Michael Lynagh are among the celebrities challenging people to complete an activity with one hand as part of the Stroke Association's 'Give a Hand' campaign.
‘Give a Hand’ will see people across the UK take part in activities, such as ‘other hand’ bowling and cake decorating, using the hand they wouldn’t normally use from 26 October to 01 November 2015. And even if you're not sure what to do, the Stroke Association has dozens of ideas to get you started here. As it runs over half time, you could also get the grandchildren involved.
The money you raise will go directly to help people who's lives have been changed by a stroke. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and the effects of this can last a lifetime. Three quarters of stroke survivors lose the use of one of their hands. Which is where the Stroke Association comes in to help.
Mel Giedroyc says: “Every day stroke survivors 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 everybody to ‘Give a Hand’ to conquer stroke.”
“Stroke is closer than most people think, and it can devastate lives" says Christopher Biggins. "With the right support, many stroke survivors and their families are on the road to recovery. For some it’s making a cup of tea, while for others it’s getting back to work. Each step is a victory. I know the Stroke Association provides this much-needed support, and that’s why I’m calling on everyone to get involved and ‘Give a Hand.’”
To find out more about how you can ‘Give a Hand,’ please visit www.stroke.org.uk/giveahand to download or request a fundraising pack.
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