Katie Webster interview

What does it mean to you to be named a finalist in the Stroke Awards?

I am deeply humbled. This means the world to me and I am so proud of what my fabulous team, our family and friends could achieve for the Stroke Foundation; a charity I am deeply passionate about. 

Why is supporting the Stroke Foundation/raising awareness about stroke important to you?

The statistics regarding strokes speak for themselves and to me are truly incredible. Strokes are life changing events. While the initial impact of strokes effects the individual, the ongoing physical, emotional and financial cost to individuals, families and communities is astronomical. Therefore knowledge in ways to prevent strokes is key to reducing stroke events and their ongoing effects. 

What motivated your fundraising to support the stroke community?

My motivation was my father who had a life-changing stroke in 2015. 

What do you hope your fundraising will achieve?

Through my fundraising I wanted to raise awareness about the effects and cost of stroke and that prevention is so much better than cure. However, while prevention is key, support and education of patients, families and their community can be extremely beneficial to aid in recovery or adaptation to a new environment.

What is one thing you would like people to know about stroke? 

FAST – Face, Arms, Speech, Time – If you suspect a stroke you can recognise the signs by using the FAST acronym. Face – does the face droop; Arms - is there weakness in one or both arms when raised; Speech – is the speech slurred; Time – is of the essence to prevent further neuron damage so get to hospital fast.