A STROKE survivor from Axminster has received a highly-commended Life After Stroke Award from the Stroke Association in recognition of her courage and determination.

Kirsty Roberts, 26, had a stroke in July 2017, which was caused by a blood clot triggered by taking the contraceptive pill.

Kirsty said: “My stroke came as a complete shock. I never thought I could have a stroke, especially being only 24-years-old.

“Thankfully I have made a good recovery, and realise how lucky I am.

“Having a stroke was awful, but it has made me realise how precious life is and has helped to push me to do things I would probably never had done.

“I have been travelling and have recently started my own catering business, which was always a dream for me.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have gone through this whole experience, and to have a second chance at being able to create this new life really makes me happy.

“Since having my stroke, I have realised just how little people understand about the condition. I know how devastating this condition can be, and that is why I am really passionate to make more people aware that a stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, but also having a stroke isn’t the end of your life – there is life after a stroke.”

The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Award was presented to Kirsty at a ceremony at the Hilton hotel in Bournemouth on January 17.

She was nominated for the Adult Courage Award by Tammy Angus, regional fundraiser for the Stroke Association.

She said: “Kirsty has become an incredible advocate for Stroke survivors and an ambassador for the Stroke Association, raising over £800 for the charity. Kirsty has worked so hard to raise funds to help others.

“Thanks to Kirsty’s passion for raising money, much needed funds will make a real difference to helping people affected by stroke and supporting vital stroke research.”

The Life After Stroke Awards recognise the courage shown by stroke survivors and carers, as well as the work and commitment shown by health professionals, groups and supporter organisations.