For the past two years I have been delighted to accept an invitation to The Stroke Association's 'Life After Stroke' awards.

These awards not only recognise the courage and determination stroke survivors have in the face of such a devastating condition, but that of carers and volunteers too.

Stroke changes people's lives in an instant - affecting them physically, mentally and emotionally forever.

The chances are you already know somebody who has had a stroke and demonstrated outstanding courage and determination in rebuilding their life.

If you do, why not nominate them for a 2009 'Life After Stroke' award?

The closing date for this year's award nominations is February 20.

For more information on the awards or to download nomination forms visit, email or call 01604 623956.

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