West Kent Different Strokes

Lisa Beaumont established West Kent Different Strokes after having suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke herself in early January 2011, which changed her life dramatically.


After 13 months in various hospitals, Lisa went home for the first time and it was an amazing feeling, being greeted by family, balloons and a welcome home cake but, this was also when she realised things were never likely to be quite the same again. No pottering around the kitchen, popping upstairs to check on her two daughters even though they had grown up and no longer needed bedtime stories.

CommunityAd Exclusive - West Kent Different StrokesLisa decided that, as she had retained her bank of knowledge and experience (the damaged area of her brain was to do with sight), she needed to get back to work in a volunteer capacity and West Kent Different Strokes (WKDS) was born!

WKDS has had many events over the years, and 2024 is no different. In the summer, Lisa will meet with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust’s CEO to discuss some concerns about community care post-discharge for young stroke survivors. There is a plan to establish her group as a patient/carer action group with regular feedback to the Trust. Weekly neuro-physio groups will continue, as will the monthly meetings.

In the UK, over 100,000 people have a stroke or mini-stroke every year and around 40,000 happen in younger people and even children.


West Kent Different Strokes’ aim is to help as many young people as possible so if you want to find out more, visit the website www.differentstrokes.co.uk

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