Support Paul Hodgson in raising funds for Calderdale & Huddersfield Stroke Rehab Therapy Team
- Aim to raise £2,000 to help stroke survivors recover
- Funds to go to Calderdale & Huddersfield Stroke Rehab Team
- Find the ‘JustGiving’ page below
Town fan Paul Hodgson is raising money for the Calderdale & Huddersfield Stroke Rehab Team after suffering a stroke at Huddersfield Town’s game against Sheffield United at the John Smith’s Stadium in May 2023.
Huddersfield Town fan Paul Hodgson, 49, suffered a severe stroke at the John Smith’s Stadium shortly before our game against Sheffield United on 4 May 2023. This happened in the Cowshed just before kick-off and was a huge shock to Paul, his family and his friends.
Paul received anti-coagulant drugs within 90 minutes of his collapse, which is very quick if you bear in mind he was transferred from the Stadium to Halifax, where the Acute Stroke Unit is located for all patients in Calderdale and Huddersfield.
Following further tests, it has been confirmed that the stroke was caused by a blood clot which was caused by an internal tear of his right carotid artery in his neck. The clot dislodged and travelled up to his brain, causing his stroke.
This can happen to anyone, at any time, due to a weakness in the artery or by an incident such as a fall, whiplash injury or bang on the head – as far as he and his family are aware, none of these incidents happened prior to his collapse.
Paul had told his son the week before the stroke that he had a migraine with some vision distortion on the right side, which they now know are symptoms of an artery dissection.
Thankfully, Paul was discharged on Sunday 9 July but is very keen to raise awareness, so that others may recognise these symptoms and seek medical attention before the blood clot causes a stroke.
Paul is now receiving care from the local Reablement Team in his own home to help him regain daily living skills. It is too early to know whether Paul will suffer any longer-term effects.
Alongside raising awareness, Paul is also raising funds for the Calderdale Hospital Stroke and Rehabilitation Team (physios, speech therapists and occupational health therapists) who helped him daily and continue to help him with his recovery. They also help many patients from Calderdale and Huddersfield who are unlucky enough to suffer a stroke.
The hospital would like to purchase equipment so they can provide Mirror Box and FES Functional electrical stimulation therapy to their patients.
If you can, please CLICK HERE to visit and donate to Paul’s JustGiving page, set up by his sister Michelle Bennett, and raise funds to help stroke survivors recover.