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My name is Pippa. I am a Service Coordinator within the Community Integration Service which is a partnership service between Momentum Skills and the Stroke Association. I have worked with stroke survivors; acquired brain injuries; neurological conditions and disabilities for over ten years. My father had an ischemic stroke in 1997, aged 53. I am passionate about working with individuals to realise their potential and achieve their goals. Working on this project for the past 17 months has been one of the highlights of my week, every week. It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to work with everyone on this project.



Hi I’m Gloria and I left work 8 years ago to look after my husband Tom , who had a stroke that year. I like coming to these groups as it gives me a break and allows me to meet new and interesting people.



My name is Ally Miller and my current role is a Support Manager for the Stroke Association. I really enjoy the diversity of the role, workplace wellbeing and developing partnerships with a wide range of organisations, to improve the lives of people affected by stroke and brain injury.


My main interests outside of work are family days out, sport, music and reading. I am an avid NUFC supporter and like the simple pleasure’s in life, such as kicking a ball in the park with my two sons.


Helen Rodgers is the Clinical Professor of Stroke Care at the Institute of Neuroscience and Newcastle University Institute for Ageing. ‘Stroke patients and their carers should receive high quality evidence based services which are responsive to their changing and long term needs. My research interest is development and evaluation of stroke services and rehabilitation.’Other roles include: Honorary Consultant Stroke Physician, Northumbria Healthcare NHS FoundationTrust; Honorary Consultant (Neurology), Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; British Association of Stroke Physicians Executive Committee2013 -; Chair Joint Stroke Medicine Committee, RCP London 2018 -; European Stroke Organisation Conference Planning Group. Programme Subcommittee 2018 -; National Stroke Plan. Chair Rehabilitation and Ongoing Care Working Group 2018



​Maryam: ‘Hi my name is Maryam and I am an Assistant Psychologist at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. I was involved with the project while I was working as an Assistant Psychologist within the Community Integration Service.’



Pauline Hilton experienced the loss of her Grandmother, two Aunts and her father due to strokes.

It was her desire to work on a ward dedicated to Stroke sufferers because of this.


From qualifying as an RGN in 1987 she worked at Ryhope General Hospital ward 11, where they dealt

with acute medical admissions including Strokes, and later changed to semi-acute admissions and their

rehabilitation. Working closely with Physiotherapists and Speech and Language specialists the ward staff

enabled many stroke patients to attain some level of independence and also enable their families to adapt too.


In 2000 the hospital wards were moved from Ryhope to the Kayll Road site and Pauline became a staff

nurse on the Stroke ward. She continued caring for patients on the unit accomplishing her

desire to specialise in stroke care following the loss of her father.


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My name is Keith Hardy. I have had two strokes and two mini strokes. I have lots of support from my family and all the people at the Stroke Association. I have many different illnesses from my stroke, but I’m getting on



Hi I am a volunteer for The Stroke Association and have volunteered for this project. I am also part of the singing groups, peer support group and enjoy a very active retirement. I was so privileged to be part of an amazing group of people who highlighted the stroke doesnot mean that lifes stops and that everyone has something to offer.

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