Teddies travel the globe for a great cause

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From Sowerby Bridge to Siberia, teddies have travelled thousands of miles across the globe in aid of Stroke Awareness Month.

The stroke care team at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is taking cuddly companions, Little Ted and Tiny Tess, on its travels across the world to raise awareness.

So far, the bears have seen the bright lights of Las Vegas, experienced the luxury of Dubai, enjoyed a pint in Sowerby Bridge and a trip to Siberia is also in the pipeline.

The bears all incorporate the FAST - Face, Arms, Speech and Time - reminder. Nearly 40,000 lives have been saved by early recognition of symptoms.

Stroke care sister Andrea Moore said: “FAST has been a huge success. It was a very strong, visual campaign which people remember, which is what we want.

“Recovery from a stroke is much more possible now and a lot depends on how early treatment can be accessed. Teds’ travels have been a fun way to spread the message and it is successful due to the enthusiasm of all the ward team and Facebook friends.”
Stroke Awareness Month begins in May. Visit www.stroke.org.uk/strokemonth for details.