DescriptionStroke Association is the leading charity in the UK changing the world for people affected by stroke. In the last 20 years the numbers of people dying of stroke has halved while the number of major strokes has decreased by 40 per cent. More people than ever are benefiting from cutting-edge treatments and making full recoveries. And more people now understand the need to seek emergency treatment for stroke. We have been at the heart of every one of these developments, championing the cause of stroke and stroke survivors. Our research has helped to improve treatments and care which has saved tens of thousands of lives. Our support services have helped hundreds of thousands of people get through one of the most frightening experiences of their lives and build a life after stroke. And our campaigning has touched the lives of even more people through initiatives like the FAST campaign which we developed to help people recognise the signs of a stroke and take emergency action. The Department of Health in England was so impressed with this campaign that they took it up in 2009 and promoted it to millions of people. But there’s still more to do. 150,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK 50,000 will make a full recovery 50,000 will be left with a severe disability 50,000 will die. These figures remain shocking. Stroke is one of the greatest health challenges of our time but doesn’t get the attention or funding it deserves – especially compared to cancer and heart disease. As the leading stroke charity in the UK we know we need to change how people think about this devastating disease. But we can’t do it on our own. We need to work with people who share our commitment to changing the world for people affected by stroke – with stroke survivors and their families; with decision makers; with researchers and medics; as well as with our supporters – so that we can ensure stroke gets the attention it deserves. At the Stroke Association we believe that strokes can and should be prevented. We believe that everyone has the right to make the best recovery they can from stroke. We believe in the power of research to save lives and ensure people make the best recovery they can. And ultimately, we believe that together we can change the world for people affected by stroke. We are for life after stroke.