Former Wirral deputy head gives lesson on stroke awareness

Wirral Globe: Julian Fisher with pupils and staff at Brookdale Primary School Julian Fisher with pupils and staff at Brookdale Primary School

A RETIRED deputy head teacher and stroke survivor returned to the primary school where he spent 29 years teaching to educate pupils about the condition.

Julian Fisher visited Brookdale Primary School in Greasby to deliver a stoke awareness assembly for pupils.

The 61-year-old had just retired from his role at the school in 2011 when he had a stroke three months later, which left him with weakness in his left side.

He is now a volunteer for the Stroke Association, working in the Wirral office in Birkenhead each week where he liaises with the charity’s clients.

Julian was joined at the assembly by Clare Hiles and Diane Dunn from the Stroke Association, Julian and the Stroke Association team, who also checked the school staff’s blood pressure and provided a range of information on stroke prevention.

Julian said: "It was wonderful to go back to the school where I spent so many years.

"With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK, it's hugely important to educate about stroke prevention and raise awareness of this devastating condition.

"The assembly provided the perfect opportunity to engage with the pupils."

Paul Prescott, headteacher at Brookdale Primary School, said: "There are many myths about stroke, for example that it only affects older people or that people can’t recover.

"Having Julian come back to visit the school, alongside the Stroke Association team, helped show our staff and pupils that that there is life after stroke.

"It also helped to raise awareness about ways to help prevent stroke, such as eating healthily and exercising regularly."

The Stroke Association provides an Information, Advice and Support Service and Communication Support in the Wirral, in partnership with Wirral Clinical Commissioning Groups.

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