Stroke sufferer talks about path again into enterprise


Award-winning advertising and marketing government Lisa Beaumont talks to Victoria Roberts about getting again to work, a number of years after having two strokes aged simply 44. She additionally reveals how this inspired her to arrange a peer group to assist fellow working age victims…

Having began her profession on a publishing graduate trainee scheme, Lisa Beaumont rapidly climbed the advertising and marketing hierarchy, gaining expertise which she by no means misplaced, and which have helped her restart her profession greater than as soon as.

In 1996, she got here high within the nation for her Chartered Institute of Advertising Diploma in skilled advertising and marketing and obtained an award from the Worshipful Firm of Marketors.

Lisa’s private life took her from London to Tunbridge Wells as she married an area, however she carried on working, this time for the even larger advertising and marketing identify of Taylor Nelson Sofres – now Kantar TNS – together with a task job at Trinity Theatre serving to to advertise the charity arts venue.

However a mind haemorrhage and subsequent stroke in 2011 appeared set to finish her working life for good.

“I had the mind haemorrhage in January 2011, and was months within the hospital. I received dwelling on the finish of 2011 by the pores and skin of my tooth, given that I had full-time care,” she mentioned.

Though she is now capable of stroll with sticks after ‘plenty of exhausting work’, Lisa nonetheless has mobility issues, and impaired ‘government operate’ which makes scheduling troublesome.

“After my stroke, I considered what I can do, not what I can’t do,” she mentioned.

“And my (new position of) ‘social listening’ at PR company Colley Raine was born out of the truth that with decreased mobility, I’ve time to learn all of the social media posts.

“I’ve by no means been a really ‘tech’ individual, however I’m unexpectedly creating a specialisation in well being tech,” she added, earlier than saying: “I’m nearly to jot down an article for ‘Well being Tech Journal’ on the facility of sufferers.”

In addition to her work for Colley Raine, her networking expertise and advertising and marketing background seen her operating her personal advertising and marketing company for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and sole merchants, in addition to getting concerned in neighborhood initiatives.

She has additionally assist arrange West Kent Completely different Strokes (WKDS), a peer-support group, that grew out of a Fb group for working-age folks in West Kent.

“I knew there can be the potential for us to come back collectively and share tales,” she defined. “Very often, another person has had the identical expertise and there’s normally an answer which we submit to at least one one other.”

WKDS just lately welcomed Louise Ward, the medical director for strokes at Kent and Medway NHS Belief, to debate how WKDS can implement the NHS’s nationwide programme for stroke.

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LOCAL incapacity campaigner Chris Jeffery has been invited to a reception on the Palace of Westminster by a bunch campaigning for extra employment alternatives for disabled folks.

Dr Lisa Cameron MP, the chair of the All-Get together Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Incapacity, will host the occasion subsequent Monday [June 20].

Mr Jeffery, who beforehand ran the Store Mobility incapacity retailer in Royal Victoria Place advised the Instances: “Incapacity employment is an merchandise that wants addressing, by which I imply for employers to finish their preconceptions and pre-judgment of the capabilities of disabled folks like myself – not seeing our disabilities as a barrier.”

Chris’ organisation Mending The Hole campaigns for working carers to be allowed 5 days’ paid go away to assist in instances of emergency, so they don’t have to take unpaid go away or expend vacation entitlement.

He has beforehand addressed the APPG on Carers, and was just lately invited by Dr Cameron to deal with the APPG on Incapacity and the APPG on Well being


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