Stroke survivor from Welwyn Garden City turns catwalk model

PUBLISHED: 06:00 29 October 2012 | UPDATED: 11:46 29 October 2012

Sarah and her mum, Joanie, at the style for stroke launch

Sarah and her mum, Joanie, at the style for stroke launch


Today (October 29) is World Stroke Day and we spoke to an inspirational survivor.

How to spot a stroke

F – Facial weakness (maybe a droop)

A – Arms can they both be raised at the same time and stay there?

S – Speech (slurring or not being able to speak)

T - Time to call an ambulance

The quicker you can get someone to hospital the better.

SARAH Scott was just 18 when she suffered a stroke suddenly while she was reading out loud to her classmates.

Now, four years later, the former Richard Hale School, Hertford, pupil is charting her efforts to regain her speech – with a video on file-sharing site YouTube attracting more than 250,000 views.

Sarah, 22, of Turpins Chase, Oaklands, was left with aphasia, which affects her speech, reading, writing and understanding of money and numbers after her stroke.

But she has vowed to do her bit to raise much-needed cash for the Stroke Association.

Nick Ede with Sarah and the other stroke survivorsNick Ede with Sarah and the other stroke survivors

Earlier this month, she was picked to model a new collection by fashion label Little Mistress.

The collaboration called Style for Stroke aims to raise thousands of pounds for charity, with 15 per cent of profits from each sale being donated to charity.

“It was great fun to take part, there were loads of celebrities at the launch and we had lots of Champagne,” said Sarah’s mum Joanie.

“I think they asked Sarah to take part because she is such a positive person and doesn’t let her disability get her down.”

When she’s not modelling, Sarah acts as a media spokesperson for the Stroke Association and runs with her mum a support group for stroke victims under the age of 55, who meet in WGC on the first Thursday of each month.

Joanie said: “I started the group two-and-a- half years ago because Sarah had a stroke – completely out of the blue – and for young people in the area who have gone through the same thing.

“I want to raise awareness because strokes don’t get much attention in the media, but they affect a lot of people – one in six people will have a stroke.”

Sarah currently has speech therapy sessions once a week at the QE2 Hospital, and has made huge improvements over the last two years.

She started making videos and putting them on YouTube, to document how much her speech was improving and her first video now has more than 250,000 views.

“She gets a lot of fan mail,” said Mrs Scott. “Someone even wrote her a song once. People from all over the world watch her videos, and they are shown in schools and to doctors.”

Miss Scott was studying for A-levels in biology, geography, English and media studies and was planning on studying biology at Swansea University before suffering the stroke.

Sadly, her plans are now on hold indefinitely, although she still hopes to continue her studies one day after gaining an A and three Bs in her A-levels and is currently looking for work experience as a lab assistant.

Sarah’s Stroke and Communications Group meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at Vineyard Barn.

To contact Joanie Scott for more information about the meetings call 01438 717805 or email

Go to to see Sarah’s videos.

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