Published: 07/09/2015 16:17 - Updated: 07/09/2015 16:23

Edwyn documentary screened to raise stroke awareness

Edwyn Collins and his wife Grace Maxwell in a scene from 'The Possibilities are Endless'.
Edwyn Collins and his wife Grace Maxwell in a scene from 'The Possibilities are Endless'.

THE incredible story of Scottish pop star Edwyn Collins’ recovery from a stroke will be shown at Eden Court in an event held by NHS Highland and Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS).

Documentary film The Possibilities are Endless will be screened in Inverness on Thursday 17th September at 3.30pm to raise awareness of the dangers of a stroke and also act as a networking opportunity for those attending.

Collins, who now lives in Helmsdale in Sutherland, first enjoyed success with Glasgow group Orange Juice before a solo career that included chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with A Girl Like You in 1994, but nine years later suffered a double cerebral haemorrhage which threatened his life and affected his speech and movement.

Sandra Hewitt, NHS Highland clinical lead speech and language therapist for stroke services, explained that the event is open to everyone but service users, families and those in the community who come into contact with stroke survivors may find it particularly useful.

"This is an inspirational film showing one man’s personal journey and I think it will have a profound effect on stroke survivors not just here in Highland but across the UK and beyond," she said.

"Stroke is a lifelong condition but you can improve with time. We work alongside service users and their families to enhance their communication and support them to grow in confidence as they start communicating again.

"I’m looking forward to the film. It’s one man’s story which many of those we hope will attend can see similarities with their own situation and they can also get the chance to meet their peers and learn about what support is available for them."

Gillian Currie of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland believes the film provides an insight into the tremendous impact that a sroke has on the individual and their family.

"The film The Possibilities are Endless shares with us how life after stroke and communication loss impacted on Edwyn and his partner Grace Maxwell," she said.

"Many people after stroke will identify and find comfort in their story. We learn about the love, hope and the courage they required to face the consequences of stroke. Anyone affected by stroke, brain injury or other long term conditions will find this a moving and hopeful story of a couple and their journey towards recovery."

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