A Fraserburgh man has come up with a unique way to raise funds for the Stroke Association.
Lenny Paterson, a retired North Sea electrical technician, is aiming to raise a few laughs and shine a spotlight on stroke in support of the stroke support charity.
Lenny, who has worked in the North Sea since 1990, had a stroke in 2012, aged just 52. He was paralysed down his left side and had to learn to walk, eat and speak again.
Because of the stroke Lenny had to retire on medical grounds from his job on Chevron’s Alba Northern Platform. It was while he was offshore that Lenny got involved in fund-raising.
One of the ways Lenny and his family have coped with the changes in their lives since his stroke is to make sure good humour is at the centre of everything they do.
With this in mind, Lenny is asking people to tell their jokes or just leave their name with a donation in order to raise as much as possible for the Stroke Association. He wants to publish all the jokes in a book and send a copy to every stroke unit in Britain.
At the moment he is collecting jokes on his justgiving.com page and they are pouring in from family, friends and colleagues along with some incredibly generous donations.
Lenny has promised that every joke submitted will eventually be included in the book and everyone who donates will be named and thanked. Once all the jokes are submitted and once it is finished, Lenny hopes to put the book on sale to the public.
Commenting, Lenny said: “Laughter is the best medicine, my wife and family have tried to keep me smiling. It is when you stop smiling that you begin to feel depressed and that is not a good thing.
“You can feel pretty low when you’re in hospital after having a stroke and so I want to give patients and their families something to laugh at while they are going through this difficult time. It might help them forget about what’s happening. So even if it helps for a short time it will be worthwhile.”
“I worked with some really good guys over the years and it means a lot to me that they are supporting me now,” he added.
To help Lenny raise as much money as possible and help others, visit his Justgiving page at justgiving.com/lennys-joke-for-stroke