HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised for the Stroke Association by a charitable Peterlee care home.
Staff, relatives and friends of Bannatyne Lodge Care Home collected over £300 in sponsorship for a five mile hike around the town.
The home now aims to continue raising funds for the Stroke Association with a cake and coffee morning.
Lynn Chapman, home manager at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, said:
“It was a beautiful spring day for the walk and, although it was bracing, it proved to be a great team builder. We wanted to complete the walk for the Stroke Association to help raise awareness of the condition and funds for their essential services and research. We want to thank everyone who donated and helped us raise a fantastic amount. At Bannatyne Lodge, we provide care for the elderly and those with debilitating conditions such as those brought on by a stroke. It is vital everyone knows what to look for so they can spot when someone is having a stroke, as the quicker the receive medical help the better their chances of making a recovery. The Stroke Association website – stroke.org.uk – has brilliant advice and guidance on the symptoms and we encourage everyone to learn their FAST test to ensure they recognise the signs.”
The FAST test involves:
- Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
- Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
- Speech: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
- Time: If you see any of these three signs, it's time to call 999.
For more information about the Stroke Association please visit www.stroke.org.uk
Photo caption: The Bannatyne Lodge Care Home team ahead of their five-mile fundraising walk for the Stroke Association, including (standing, from left) administrator Victoria Farn, friend of the home Stuart McMillan, volunteer Mary Slessor, home manager Lynn Chapman, activities coordinator Dawn Minto, carer Ann Ellison and (seated, from left) friend of the home Amelia McMillan, cook Carole Gingell, and local hairdresser Christine Young.