HEALTH: Nominate your ‘Stroke Hero’

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The Stroke Association charity is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2016 Northern Ireland Life after Stroke Awards are now open!

The Northern Ireland Life after Stroke Awards celebrates the achievements of stroke survivors, volunteers, fundraisers and health care professionals who work in the area of stroke.

Nominations are required for eight categories:

Children and Young People’s Courage Award, Adult Courage Award (18-64 years old); Adult Courage Award (age 65+); Carer’s Award; Stroke Association Award for Volunteering; Fundraiser of the Year Award; Award for Creative Arts and the Award for Professional Excellence.

The awards are open to all individuals affected by or associated with stroke throughout Northern Ireland and will take place on Thursday 12 May 2016. Nominees from each category will also go forward to represent Northern Ireland at the Stroke Association’s ‘UK Life After Stroke Awards’ next year.

Previous winners of the Northern Ireland Stroke Awards ranged from Kate Gorman who, despite having a stroke at the age of 19, is now an active Stroke Association volunteer, to the amazing efforts of stroke survivor Raymond Kelly and his friends who raised thousands of pounds through the fantastic 575 Stroke Challenge, cycling 500 miles and climbing 7 mountain peaks in just 5 days!

Northern Ireland Director, Tom Richardson says;

“Every day through our work in Northern Ireland, we witness some amazing people working to overcome the effects of stroke. 2016 marks the 4th Northern Ireland Life After Stroke Awards which recognises and celebrates the courage and determination of those affected by stroke. So please nominate your stroke hero now!”

To nominate your stroke heroes, please visit, email us at or call 028 9050 8020. Closing date for entries is Friday 5 February 2016.

LOCAL GROUP: The Stroke Association support groups in Portstewart currently meet on a Tuesday and a Wednesday in Flowerfield Arts Centre.

If you would like any more information about our groups or services in your area contact the Belfast office on 028 9050 8020 or by emailing