Falling for the Stroke Unit

Taking to the skies for the Stroke Unit!

Colin Standen has an impressive CV, working as a Major in the Royal Marines and then as an Amphibious Officer in the United Arab Emirates Navy. That was until, out of the blue, he suffered a stroke at the age of 48. A previously very physically-able and fearless man was unable to walk or talk as a result of this condition.

Colin thought that he wouldn’t ever be able to get back to the man that he once was, but with four years of physiotherapy, determination and hard work, he fought back from being bed-ridden to what he calls a ‘fully-functioning man’.

Colin was treated by the Medical Unit in Abu Dhabi, the Stroke Unit in NHS Derriford, Plymouth and the Stroke Unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, and since 2018, has been working at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in the Data Quality Department.

As a huge thank you for all of the care that Colin received over the years, he will be taking part in a tandem skydive on 20 July, to raise money for the Stroke Unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

“If you can give as much money as possible and watch a bloke with a stroke fall from a plane, it would be much appreciated!”

We wish Colin the best of luck with his incredible challenge. Please support him and his cause if you can by donating here! 

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