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Ross Fripp's Cycling...

Ross Fripp's Cycling Challenge
Ross was a fit and healthy 24 year old when he became sick in November 2014. Suspecting it was just something he'd eaten, he carried on life as normal, but the sickness continued and gradually he developed further symptoms. Following...

Spreading a Little Christmas...

Spreading a Little Christmas Cheer
We're starting to feel a little festive here in the Smile4Wessex Appeals Office with the arrival of our 2018 Christmas Cards and we are really excited to be able to share them with you.  This year we have chosen not just...

Judith and Jeremy's Race...

Judith and Jeremy's Race to the King
We had the pleasure of meeting Judith Murray and Jeremy King this week and were thrilled to be able to show them round the unit, so they could see the projects we have funded from our past appeals and hear about our current...

Ella's Chop for Charity...

Ella's Chop for Charity
12 year old Ella Ashford is preparing to have her gorgeous blonde locks cut off in her fundraising efforts to support Smile4Wessex. This is her own way of thanking the brilliant team here at the Wessex Neurological Centre,...

Waitrose Community Matters

Waitrose Community Matters
If you shop at Waitrose you can nominate Smile4Wessex as your chosen local charity by completing the nomination form found at the Customer Services desk in store. Three good causes receive a share of £1,000...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open Day
Our long-awaited Neuro Open Day gave those attending a unique opportunity to see and learn about many of the amazing projects that Smile4Wessex has funded. Following a brief welcome and introduction, visitors were divided...

'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  

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Natalie's Shuffleboard Success

Natalie Burns (on right of picture) was a fit and healthy 37 year old, who enjoyed running and going to the gym, when she suffered a stroke in September last year, and found herself transferred to the Wessex Neurological Centre for a thrombectomy.

"My stroke was on September 6th 2017 aged 37 years. It was 4 days after hosting my daughters 6th birthday with no indication at all of being unwell. I woke up in the night with pain in my calf that I couldn’t get rid off and felt generally unwell"

Natalie underwent many scans and several hours of surgery to remove a blood clot, which was thought to have originated from her leg. Although now improved, the surgery resulted in her losing most of her ability to speak, and she was only able to only communicate by saying 'yes' and 'no'. 

"My speech has returned to normal in most circumstances, but does falter when I am tired"

Natalie has thankfully made a good recovery, and her recent Shuffleboard Evening fundraiser saw freinds and family come together to raise money for two charities very close to her heart; Smile4Wessex for the wonderful care she received at the Wessex Neurological Centre, and also the Stroke Association. 

"Fortunately I have a great support network around me and I’m recovering well.  I regard myself as very lucky and thank all the people who helped me that day"

The event raised a wonderful £491.30 for each charity, and we would like to express our sincere thanks to Natalie for her support and wish her well with her ongoing recovery.