Age 19, County Down
When I was little, my Granddad suffered a stroke. It was really hard on him and my Granny, but they got through it and my Granddad found a way to carry on with his life. It made me realise that it can happen to anyone, and I decided I didn’t want other people to go through something so difficult. So, I became an ambassador for the Stroke Association NI, taking part in street collections, fundraisers, 10k runs and community health fairs. At the health fairs, I give out information to the public about stroke prevention and the physical and psychological impact a stroke can have upon the person and their family.
My work with the Stroke Association has boosted my communication skills, so much so that I now feel confident giving presentations in public about strokes. It gives me such a feeling of satisfaction and a real sense of accomplishment that I’ve been able to help others. Inspired by my Granddad, who was a teacher and a Principal, I’ve decided to pursue a career in teaching, and I know all this experience I’ve had through social action will come in handy in the future.