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New exhibition from stroke victims

A new exhibition in Dartford reveals how stroke survivors turn their disability into creativity.

Set to open at the Mick Jagger Centre tonight from 6pm, Brushstrokes will feature pieces of art created by individuals from Kent who have overcome their disabilities caused by stroke.

It is estimated that there are currently 32,000 stroke survivors in the county that continue to live with the effects.

A stroke is an attack on the brain which can take away people’s ability to speak, walk or understand.

The exhibition at the Shepherds Lane venue is part of a campaign by stroke survivors to illustrate what they can achieve with the right support.

Medway resident Amber Garland will speak at the opening and is one of the exhibitors taking part.

She suffered a stroke at 19, now 23, Amber said: "In 2009 I suffered a serious and life threatening stroke caused by multiple clots.

"Having been told I would never recover my mobility and speech, I have consistently fought back and with the help of my family, friends, skilled staff and therapists.

"I continue to recover as much independence as I can."

Sandra Field from the Stroke Association added: "We see the overwhelming courage and determination of many stroke survivors show in coping with the loss of many important things we take for granted such as being able to say what we are feeling or walk on our own.

"This exhibition gives us all the chance to demonstrate the powerful ways art enables people to express themselves."

The exhibition is free to attend.

The gallery is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays.

It is also open between 6pm and 9pm at the weekend.

The exhibition will continue to March 1.

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