LINDA Hanlin was 54 when she suffered a stroke.

Left with mobility issues, she was keen to try anything that might improve her movement.

She underwent physiotherapy and took part in research trials, which saw an electronic device fitted in her chest.

Now 62, Linda - who is a Kindness Volunteer with Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) – is one of the first to use a pioneering stroke rehabilitation unit at the University of Strathclyde.

The charity believes the partnership will “kickstart a revolution in stroke care” and is aiming to raise £160,000 to support the work of the centre and help 450 stroke survivors access it over the next 12 months.

The Glasgow Times is currently supporting CHSS through our More Than a Subscription Initiative. For every annual subscription bought in November, we will donate £10 to be split between CHSS, Maggie’s cancer caring centre at Gartnavel, and Beloved Rabbits.

CHSS, Maggie’s and Beloved Rabbits will also benefit – alongside five other Scottish good causes - from our Readers’ Choice Cash for Charities campaign.

All eight (the other five are Ardgowan Hospice, Man On Inverclyde, Erskine, Calum’s Cabin and Autism Rocks) will receive a share of £20,000 but how it is divided is up to you – our readers – to decide.

Glasgow Times: The rehabilitation centre could be a 'revolution' in care.

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Tokens must arrive by the closing date of Sunday, November 28. Each token collected will then be used to allocate cash to the nominated charity – so if your favourite charity collects 50 percent of all tokens collected, it will receive £10,000.

CHSS is working with academics at the University of Strathclyde’s world leading Department of Biomedical Engineering on integrating cutting-edge research in areas like robotics and computer gaming technology with the charity's Hospital to Home services.

Linda, from Kilmarnock, is one of the first people to take part.

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"I love the sessions - I think the long-term plan is that this unit will act like a drop-in gym for those who need it, which would be fantastic," she said. "And if something like this could be available across the country, it would be even better..”

Jane-Claire Judson, Chief Executive of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, said: “Every day in Scotland 25 people’s lives are changed forever by stroke. Cutting-edge rehabilitation technology and support is out of reach of most people in Scotland. This partnership will change that. It will kick start a revolution in stroke care in Scotland. We need people’s support to make it a reality.”

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