A STROKE survivor who has overcome mental and physical health problems to help promote post-stroke care has been rewarded for her efforts.

Charlotte Covey was just 18 when she suffered a stroke in 2004, after being involved in a minor car accident resulting in whiplash and a growing clot.

Having been set to study psychology at university and with a busy social life, Charlotte’s world was turned upside down as she relearned how to talk, write and move her right side.

Alongside intense physical rehabilitation, she dealt with two bouts of anorexia as she struggled to come to terms with what had happened.

But after working with a counsellor specialising in bereavement for loss of limb, Charlotte rebuilt her life and has returned to work, driving and even volunteering for the Stroke Association.

Recently, she addressed MPs in a bid to improve access to timely health and social care – something she lacked in the aftermath of her stroke.

Nominated by Stroke Association support coordinator Diane Warhurst, Charlotte received a Highly Commended Life After Stroke Award.

Diane said: “Charlotte has come such a long way since her stroke and completely grasped life again.

“She is so passionate about issues affecting young stroke survivors and has overcome her fear of public speaking to raise awareness.

“She has spoken to rehabilitation clinicians, stroke professionals and Stroke Association staff, sharing her powerful story to help others.”

Charlotte’s brother Jonathan said: “I feel like I have my sister back. She is an inspiration.

“Charlotte may be slightly different to my sister before the stroke, but I believe she is an even better person now.”

The award certificate was presented at a celebratory event in Liverpool on Monday, November 27, by national clinical director Professor Tony Rudd, the charity’s CEO Juliet Bouverie, and former Liverpool FC footballer David Fairclough.