50 Shades of Excellence


I was invited to be the guest speaker at a ball in Hereford arranged by a wonderful and clever young lady, Sophie Jenkins, who was raising money for the Stroke Association.

The evening was fabulous you would have thought Sophie organised events for a living as she had thought of literally everything, nothing had been left out. The theme was a Monte Carlo Charity Ball.

Everyone had such a fantastic evening whether they won or lost on the tables, the magician was superb and photographs captured many memories. As if this wasn’t enough Sophie is also working at a hospital, helping Stroke survivors as part of a Community Rehabilitation Team. Alongside that she is in her second year at Coventry University training to be an Occupational Therapist.

Sophie said ” I work closely with stroke survivors to help them set goals in rehabilitation, so they are able to manage their condition as independently as possible. We also signpost people to the Stroke Association, which provides support and information for people affected by stroke.”

Sophie said that after seeing the huge difference the charity made in local groups in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye she was inspired to go the extra mile and raise money for the Stroke Association. But she hasn’t stopped at the ball. Alongside everything mentioned above, Sophie is training to run in this years London marathon.

Anyone wishing to support Sophie and sponsor her, please visit www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Jenkins-London-Marathon

Sophie and everyone at the ball supported stroke and me, they gave me their attention and a standing ovation, for which I would like to thank them. Please give Sophie the support she needs and deserves on April 23rd, she is fantastic, thank you Sophie.

Before I sign off from this week’s blog also, I would like to remind you that my talk in Hamburg on stroke it will be on Thursday 7th April, between 2 & 3.30 CET

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