Aphasia Awareness Month - Donate to the Stroke Association
Here at Savoo we are helping to highlight the impact of aphasia, a condition which affects a person’s ability to speak, read, write and sometimes understand speech and numbers.
To mark Aphasia Awareness Month in June 2022, we’re donating 10% of retail revenue across the website to the Stroke Association. Savoo will be donating on every deal redeemed between 20th and 26th June, meaning that you can save money while also making a cost-free donation.Save and raise now!
More than 350,000 people in the UK live with aphasia, so it’s surprising that awareness of the condition isn’t higher throughout the population. The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, but it can also be caused by brain injury, brain tumours or other neurological conditions. People living with aphasia will commonly have difficulty in communicating, making everyday basic tasks extremely challenging. Just consider for a moment what it would be like to be trapped in your own body, trying to communicate but failing to get across what you want to say or do. But there is life beyond aphasia, and everyday people are rebuilding their lives with the support of organisations like the Stroke Association.
About Aphasia Awareness Month
Aphasia Awareness Month is an annual event which seeks to raise the profile of the debilitating condition across the globe. Every June, organisations of the Aphasia Alliance hold meetings, provide business training and help communities through fundraising, all with the aim of raising the profile of aphasia to the level it urgently needs. One area which has a huge potential to positively transform the lives of people with aphasia is customer facing scenarios like shops, restaurants and public transport. Training of staff is key, and businesses can display a UK Communication Access Symbol to show that communication support is available.
Brain injury is nothing new, in fact the first recorded case of what we would now describe as aphasia dates back to an Egyptian papyrus from around 3000 - 2500 BC. But because of the complexities of the brain, there is still much to learn about the condition. Around a third of people who have a stroke will experience some form of aphasia, and it can strike anyone in the population. It’s also worth remembering that aphasia affects language and not intellect. But while aphasia can be devastating in robbing stroke survivors of their ability to do everyday tasks, with specialist support like speech therapy people can rebuild their lives.
About the Stroke Association
"When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do."
It’s a tragic and yet incredible fact that somebody in the UK has a stroke every 5 minutes. All at once, lives can be torn apart and it can be a real struggle to put them back together. With ties dating back to 1899, today the Stroke Association works tirelessly to provide specialist support, conduct research and campaigns on behalf of the stroke community. A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off, killing brain cells in the process. It can happen at any age, in fact there are over 400 childhood strokes each year in the UK.
The causes of stroke are complex and varied, but there is some evidence that some strokes can be prevented with the right lifestyle choices. Prevention is therefore among the tools that the Stroke Association uses to raise awareness of the condition. Many stroke survivors develop the language and communication disorder aphasia, while physical movement and general fatigue can also be affected. Recovery will be unique to each individual, but the road to a better life can be a slow one, often with life changing consequences to the person and those around them.
The Stroke Association offers the hope that things can improve, helping those affected to rebuild their lives one little bit at a time. If you’re a stroke survivor living with aphasia who needs support or you want to further understand the condition, you can find out more about the Stroke Association.
Savoo will be making a 10% donation to the Stroke Association on every deal redeemed between 20th and 26th June. If you’d like to raise even more money for the Stroke Association, you can create a Savoo account and set Stroke Association as your chosen charity. Then, every time you save money on your online shopping at Savoo, you can watch your donations build up for them.
*Savoo will donate 10% of retail revenue minus advertising costs for sales generated from Savoo brand pages between 20th and 26th June 2022.