Introduction from Professor Marion Walker MBE
Shortly after retiring from an outstanding career managing 17 engineering companies worldwide, Ossie suffered a major stroke at the age of 64. This had a profound impact on his ability to walk, talk and manage the simplest of daily tasks such as washing, dressing and feeding. Through sheer determination and hard work Ossie recovered sufficiently to enable him to lead a full, but different life, to the one he had known previously.
For those individuals privileged to know Ossie, they will be aware that he has a huge sense of civic duty and an aptitude for work that knows no bounds. With a real desire to give something back for the care and support he received during his recovery, Ossie embarked on his second career as an advocate for fellow stroke survivors and passionate campaigner for the delivery of the best stroke care possible. A year after his stroke Ossie founded the Nottingham patient group @astroke which gave support and information to fellow stroke survivors and their families. As his health recovered his input was increasingly sought from many organisations that recognised his unique contribution in driving improvements in stroke services both in the East Midlands and at a national level. Through unwavering support and dedication, Ossie as ambassador for his fellow stroke survivors, has become greatly respected at all levels throughout the stroke community. He is recognised for having made a major contribution to the delivery of better stroke services in Nottingham, and across the UK.
Over the last decade I have worked very closely with Ossie to ensure that stroke research at the University of Nottingham has the critical voice of stroke survivors and their families firmly embedded in all our work. I can honestly say this partnership has been one of the most productive and enjoyable of my career. He is a joy to work with and his compassion for fellow stroke survivors and their families is truly humbling. Our joint belief that the research done today will impact on the lives of those with stroke tomorrow has been the impetus for the Ossie Newell Foundation and will be his legacy for years to come. Ossie’s sole mission is simply to make the lives of those unfortunate to have experienced stroke a better and more fulfilling one.
Ossie is a truly inspirational man who through his own adversity has given so much to the field of stroke care and stroke research. It has been an honour to work with him over the years and I feel privileged to act as a Trustee of the Ossie Newell Foundation.
Professor Marion Walker MBE
Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation & Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.