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Determined Ann is an example to all of us
Tuesday 29th September 2015 @ 13:24 by Becky Cahill
Ashton News
A stroke survivor from Stalybridge has received a Highly Commended Life After Stroke Award from the Stroke Association, in recognition of her courage and determination.
Ann Williams, 67, was a successful folk musician performing gigs across the North West alongside her daughter Shelley, before she had a stroke in May 2013.
The stroke affected Ann’s mobility and coordination, and she lost her confidence. After her stroke, she struggled to remember the songs she had previously written and performed so confidently.
Ann needed a lot of help with everyday tasks and while in hospital for three weeks, the occupational therapists suggested Ann’s family bring in her guitar for her to try and play.
It was a challenge, but after working with hospital staff and playing her CDs on the ward, she gradually started to play the guitar again on her own.
The Stroke Association visited Ann while in hospital and provided on-going support for her.
The charity’s coordinator, Joyce Booth, invited Ann to attend choir sessions organised by the charity and now Ann has joined the charity’s North West Community Choir, practising each week and performing regularly at events around the region.
Ann was nominated for the Award for Creative Arts by Joyce, who said: “By performing at every opportunity, Ann has shown amazing courage and determination.
“She has proved she is overcoming the challenges she faced after her stroke, and is helping others to see they can achieve their dreams and continue to do something they love.
“Ann now also leads a weekly singing group for our local Life After Stroke service, encouraging others to share her love of music.
“She gives her time, as well as her passion and commitment to others. Her performances are a very powerful way of showing others that there is life after stroke.”
Ann received her Highly Commended certificate at a celebratory event at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.
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