Different Strokes

Empowering younger stroke survivors and families to reclaim lives and ambitions through active peer support:

  • There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK each year.
  • One in 4 strokes happens to someone of working age or younger.
  • Total people having strokes aged 20 to 64 increased by 25% from 1990 to 2010 worldwide.

20151124 Demi with dog croppedDemi is taking part in the Santa Run in London on 6 December 2015.

I had a stroke in October of this year aged 23. I was left scared, confused and alone with no one to turn to who understood me. I came across Different Strokes who sent me a wonderful information pack and also accepted me on to the Facebook support page. I started to speak to other stroke survivors and read their wonderful survivors stories. I no longer felt scared, confused and alone because I was speaking to people who had gone through just what I had and some much worse.

Each story touched me in a different way and I wanted to help, I had made such an amazing physical recovery but still wasn't myself, so when I saw the chance to do the Santa Run for Different Strokes, I ran at the chance! Different strokes helped me and my family tremendously, I couldn't have carried on without the support they and all the members of the support page have given me. :)

Please support her at Demi's Do It For Charity Text Santa Run 2015.


Asa Haycock is also supporting younger stroke survivors by taking part in the Santa Run 2015

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After being approached to participate in the Santa Run by someone who wanted to do it themselves but couldn't, because of a prior accident that caused him to have his stroke, I thought, "Sure, why not?"

By doing this and helping to raise money for Different Stroke I not only feel that I am contributing to the support of younger stroke survivors, like my partner, but also it's another way for me to get fit and try to enter this festive period a couple pounds lighter!!

With information on my Just Giving page, so please have a look and support this great charity by sponsoring me to complete this challenge!


There are also a few spaces available if you'd like to help get your waistline ready for the upcoming festive period. For full details contact Jo on 01908 317618 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Still time to sign up to the Santa Run ... 

For more information about the Santa Run 2015 take a look at our News/Events



Support Different Strokes by sending our Christmas cards

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Are you sending Christmas cards this year? Why not take a look at the cards we have available: Different Strokes Christmas Cards.  All profits help younger stroke survivors and their families.

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Different Strokes Central Services
9 Canon Harnett Court
Wolverton Mill
Milton Keynes MK12 5NF

Tel: 01908 317618 or 0845 130 7172
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