Romford man who wants to help stroke survivors to set up charity

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 June 2018

Jeff Pollock, 39, of Romford, wants support from residents in setting up his own charity Stroke Aid.

Jeff Pollock, 39, of Romford, wants support from residents in setting up his own charity Stroke Aid.

Jeff Pollock

A 39-year-old man who suffered a stroke, is asking for support in his journey to set up his own charity, following funding cuts being made to Havering stroke services.

Jeff Pollock, of Romford, has set up Stroke Aid, a website which aims to raise awareness of the symptoms when someone has a stroke as well as support and advice for survivors.

The site is now up and running but Jeff is hoping with the support of others, he will be able to register Stroke Aid as a charity as well as set up an online charity shop.

He said: “I started up the website, because I want to support people who have had or have been involved with those who have suffered a stroke.

“There are no stroke-related clubs, charities or charity shops in Romford.

“I need support so I can help stroke patients as this is a killer.”

Jeff suffered a major stroke in April 2016 and has been out of work for two years while he recovers.

He says he is determined to make a difference to other people’s lives who have had the same experience.

“All I can really remember is that I was at home a sleep and the stroke hit me somewhere in the night.

“When I woke up I could not move or talk.

“It’s been two years now and I’m still not fully recovered, I don’t have full use of my right hand and arm and I walk with a limp.

“It was difficult at first but I’ve had the support of my family and friends which pushed me.

“I received great care and want to give something back and after talking to the nurses and physios, it got me thinking and that’s when Stroke Aid was born.”

Tapestry, in North Street, Hornchurch, which gave residents access to social activities and support after having a stroke had to end its services in August last year as its contract with Havering Council was due to end.

To make a donation to StrokeAid, visit here

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