The Stroke Association – www.stroke.org.uk
The most widely recognised Stroke charity and one which opened its arms to me shortly after I was taken ill. They first heard about my story whilst I was still in hospital giving an interview to the local BBC radio ‘Stroke Phone In’. I thought it would be a good idea to phone in, tell my story and thank the wonderful staff on the Acute Stroke Ward at North Staffordshire Hospital. To date it is the only live interview I have undertaken in standard issue NHS pyjamas! The Stroke Association worked with the Department of Health to heavily promote the Act F.A.S.T campaign through radio, TV and printed media. It was to date the most successful campaign ever undertaken by the Department of Health and was the sole reason I am still here today. They work tirelessly to raise funds for continued research and offer a wealth of information/support to Stroke survivors/carers across the UK. I have raised funds for the Stroke Association and I am a proud Media Volunteer for them.
Different Strokes www.differentstrokes.co.uk
Different Strokes offer support for younger Stroke survivors who tend to have different challenges to older Stroke survivors. Their work has a massive impact on the lives of thousands and I wholeheartedly advocate the great work that they do on very limited funds. I was approached by Different Strokes in May 2009 after they became aware of my story. They were looking for a young Stroke survivor to speak at a regional Stroke event at Wolverhampton University – and I was only too glad to help. It was their request that started the ball rolling when it comes to speaking, I made many connections on that day in Wolverhampton and went on to work with a number of people present that day.
My Million To One – www.mymilliontoone.com
Richard E Grant, Jason Flemyng, Sir Ranulph Fiennes & many others have supported Alana’s campaign to build and fund a new home for 8 homeless disabled children in Southern Africa. (Children she knows very well .)
In order to build the home & foster the children Alana has to meet 2 criteria. These are…
Find money every year to pay for the children’s home, plus all their needs, education & rehabilitation costs.
GUARANTEE that the money will be provided for their lifetimes.
She has found a unique way to do it – By making £1,000,000 by 22nd November 2014.
When a million people join MMTO, paying £1 each ONCE, the interest alone from the £1,000,000 (placed in trust) will build & fund the home for these children in Africa, FOREVER. She then never needs to fundraise again & the trust provides the guarantee that money to support these kids for life will be available.