Newry Stroke Survivor receives recognition

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Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Anna McCracken, from Newry was recognised for her achievements post-stroke at the recent Northern Ireland Life after Stroke Award Celebrations in Riddell Hall, Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Life after Stroke Award Celebration Event recognises everyone in Northern Ireland who was nominated for a UK Life after Stroke Award. 



Around 30 people from across Northern Ireland received recognition certificates at the event. The event received sponsorship from the Enkalon Foundation. The UK Life after Stroke Awards were held in London on the 1st December. 

The Adult Courage awards are for those who have demonstrated inspirational courage in overcoming personal, physical, and emotional or communication problems as a result of their stroke.

The categories are divided into age groups in recognition of the fact that a stroke can happen to anyone at any age. Anna was nominated for the Adult Courage Award (18-64).



Anna had her stroke when she was only 32 years old. Prior to her stroke she was an acting sister in Orthopaedics in Musgrave Park Hospital. As with any Stroke survivor things changed dramatically for Anna, especially being a young woman.

Anna was nominated for this award due to her own hard work and determination in overcoming obstacles after her stroke. Anna is an inspiration to other stroke survivors and was nominated so she could see how extraordinary she is.

Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association attended the event and said, “Congratulations to Anna on being nominated for a UK Life after Stroke Award. A stroke happens in an instant and often changes lives forever.



“We were thrilled that so many people across Northern Ireland were nominated to receive a Life After Stroke Award. Our Northern Ireland event highlights the tremendous courage people have shown in rebuilding their lives after a stroke, or in helping others to do the same.

She added, “There are over 4,000 strokes in Northern Ireland each year with around 36,000 people living with the effects of stroke. The Stroke Association provides a range of services to support stroke survivors and their carers across Northern Ireland. This includes Stroke Recovery and Speech and Language Therapy services commissioned by the 5 local Health and Social Care Trusts.”



The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards recognise the courage shown by stroke survivors and carers as well as the great work and commitment shown by health professionals, groups and supporter organisations.

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