Local stroke survivor Nick Cann has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for for services to stroke survivors and the Stroke Association, Wales.

Nick suffered a major stroke eight years ago and required intensive treatment to help him relearn how to speak and read. Despite those major challenges he has raised £123,000 for the Monmouthshire Aphasia Phoenix Project and Strike a Chord Choir in Cwmbran.  He received his award on 14 September at Caldicot Castle with the Lord Lieutenant and Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council in attendance.

Speaking about his award he said "I am proud man. I’m 8 years stroke survivor - aphasia communication and language disorder improving every day I’m working to be the best I can be. Positive , smile and humour."

Nick's niece, Jessica James, is running the London Marathon.  If you would like to support the Stroke Association then please  sponsor her.  She is aiming for 5 hours to complete the marathon and is fund raising for Stroke Association “Strike a Chord” choir. Jess is a great singer and has helped with the paperwork for Nick's well-deserved British Empire Model.  Please sponsor her in this challenge using the link below.

Jessica James Stroke Association Fundraising Page