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'Our health is in our hands.'

- Vic Allen


It was 1987 when Nancy Allen suffered her first stroke. Five years and four strokes later, Nancy was left severely disabled. Nancy’s husband Vic was devastated. The wonderful life that he and Nancy had shared would never be the same. When Vic passed away in 2009, he left behind a heartfelt legacy in honour of his beloved wife Nancy.


Vic & Nancy Allen

Vic envisioned a future where the tragedy of stroke would be greatly reduced.

Stroke Foundation is honoured to continue Vic’s vision and commitment to support stroke clinicians, researchers and health professionals to achieve the next breakthrough in stroke prevention.

Contributions to the Nancy & Vic Allen Stroke Prevention Memorial Fund will further primary and secondary stroke prevention in Australia through vital stroke research, public education and awareness.

The Nancy & Vic Allen Stroke Prevention Memorial Fund is administered as part of Stroke Foundation’s Endowment Fund, established in 2018 to support research and advancements to prevent, treat and beat stroke.

Vic Allen

About Vic Allen

Born in 1919, Vic was raised in a small town outside Adelaide. At age 22, Vic joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) where he trained in Canada to fly Sterling and Lancaster Bombers.

He saw active service over Europe during the Second World War, flying more than fifteen night missions across enemy territory. Following his war service, he returned home to Australia.

Vic’s charitable giving started when he joined Legacy to help war widows and families. Vic wanted to give when and where he believed his donation would make a difference.

A beautiful life changed forever

Married for 53 years, Nancy and Vic shared a love of language, music and travel. Together they enjoyed many overseas holidays to England, West Germany, Switzerland and the Far East.

Nancy’s stroke changed their lives forever.

Retiring to the Gold Coast in 1989, Vic cared for Nancy until she passed away peacefully in 1996.

Nancy Allen
Nancy and Vic Allen

Nancy's stroke

In 1987, a month after being discharged from hospital following treatment for high blood pressure, Nancy suffered her first stroke. Five years and four strokes later, Nancy was left severely disabled.

Nancy’s mobility became severely restricted. She had lost nearly all her speech, swallowing abilities and vision – a terrible blow for an avid reader. Nancy required daily assistance for nearly all her physical and emotional needs.

Vic was absolutely devastated. His experience drove him to advocate passionately for stroke prevention and he became interested in the role that Integrative Care could play in the fight against stroke.

If you'd like more information, please download the Nancy and Vic Allen Stroke Prevention Memorial Fund information booklet or get in touch:

Let's talk

If you’d like to talk to someone about the Nancy and Vic Allen Stroke Prevention Memorial Fund and the work of the Stroke Foundation to prevent, treat and beat stroke, please contact a member of the Individual Philanthropy Team.

Phone: 1300 194 196

Email: philanthropy@strokefoundation.org.au

Donations over $2 to the Stroke Foundation for the Nancy and Vic Allen Stroke Prevention Memorial Fund are tax deductible.