Dr Khalil Kawafi helps to raise awareness during Action on Stroke Month

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Dr Khalil Kawafi helps to raise awareness during Action on Stroke Month
30 May 2014

A Bury stroke clinician has lent his support to the Stroke Association and the Contact Theatre, to raise awareness of the condition during Action on Stroke Month.

Dr Khalil Kawafi, consultant stroke physician and clinical lead at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, teamed up with the Stroke Association to host a Q&A session about stroke. The session followed a performance of Peggy Shaw’s RUFF at Contact on Oxford Road, on Wednesday 28 May.

Performer Peggy Shaw had a stroke in January 2011. She has since realised she has never really performed solo. She has always had a host of crooners, lounge singers, movie stars, rock and roll bands and eccentric family members living inside her. RUFF is a tribute to those who have kept her company these 68 years, a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind by the stroke and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the blank green screens with new insights.

The show was supported by Science Stroke Art 2014, a series of events created by the Stroke Association and leading researchers from The University of Manchester for Action on Stroke Month, aiming to highlight stroke through science and art.

Dr Kawafi hosted the post-show Q&A session called ‘Ask the Doctor’, which provided guests with the opportunity to ask questions about stroke.

He said: “Science Stroke Art 2014 aims to help overcome the misconceptions about stroke by combining the arts with science, to entertain and enlighten the public about a very serious condition. It’s important to explore different techniques of coping with stroke, whether through scientific research or support through artistic activities - Science Stroke Art 2014 is helping to raise awareness of exactly that.”

Chris Larkin, Regional Head of Operations at the Stroke Association added: “Stroke is one of the greatest health challenges of our time but doesn’t get the attention or funding it deserves. Far too many people don’t understand it or think it’ll ever happen to them. Dr Kawafi’s support for Science Stroke Art 2014 has helped us to raise awareness of stroke through an engaging programme of events, all taking place throughout Action on Stroke Month.”

Split Britches: RUFF was delivered as part of the University of Manchester's 2014 Sexuality Summer School's public event series on Queer Anatomies. RUFF is supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award. 

For more information about Science Stroke Art 2014, visit www.sciencestrokeart.co.uk. Action on Stroke Month 2014 is supported by Legal & General. To find out more, please visit www.stroke.org.uk/strokemonth