Recognition for stroke survivor Ian

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A stroke survivor from the county and his wife have received regional recognition from the Stroke Association.

Ian Tunstall, from Seaton Delaval, had a stroke in January 2013 which left him with one sided paralysis and unable to walk.

While he is still continuing on his road to recovery, Ian has overcome the challenges he has faced to support other stroke survivors at local volunteer led group, Ashington Stroke Group.

As his confidence has grown, Ian helps to fundraise, plan events and even hosts quizzes for the group members, as he helps other survivors come to terms with a life after stroke.

Ian was nominated for the Adult Courage Award by Donna Stott from the Stroke Association, in recognition of his determination and positivity.

She said: “Ian’s confidence has grown before our eyes at the group.

“The courage that Ian has shown as he has fought back from his stroke has been unbelievable; he is a real inspiration to others.”

Ian’s wife Brenda, was also recognised with a Highly Commended Life After Stroke certificate, after she was nominated for the Carer Award.

Ian and Brenda received their certificatse from BBC presenter Paul Mooney.