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Nancy Hardwick interview

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

It has taken me by surprise, but I consider it an honour to be chosen.

Why is supporting stroke survivors important to you?

Well you feel as though you are helping someone get back to normal as soon as possible after a stroke, and it is wonderful helping others.

How do you think your contribution has made a difference? 

Over the years we have had many people join the group, and many have got to the stage where they no longer needed to attend as they are coping well with life. Although we miss their company it is wonderful to know they are better, and you feel better in yourself that you have helped someone.

What motivated your efforts to work with the stroke community?

A friend asked me to help out with the stroke group and I have been doing it ever since. I get a lot out of helping people recover from stroke.

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

That you can be helped in recovering from stroke, and regain your memory or speech, etc. I have seen many people make wonderful recoveries from stroke, and once again live independent lives.