Former Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) chief executive Nick Cann has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list with a British Empire Medal for his work supporting stroke survivors.
Cann served as head of the IFP from 1999 to 2015, but very sadly suffered a life-changing stroke in 2013. He had been giving a lecture to students in Northampton when he collapsed and was rushed to hospital. Cann still suffers from aphasia, a speech and comprehension impediment that results from severe brain injuries.
Cann took time out from his role after the episode, and eventually left his post when the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) merged with the IFP in 2015. He has been campaigning and raising money for the Stroke Association ever since, and earned a fundraiser of the year award at the Life After Stroke Awards in 2016 as a result.
Despite his aphasia and right-side physical weakness, Cann has continued to do public speaking events and physical activity, including the Cardiff to Tenby bike ride in May 2015, for which he raised £5,534 for the Stroke Association. He has also run 10k races and attends events across the country in support of the charity. His next challenge will be the Resolution Run team 5k in Cardiff on Sunday 8 March.
The citation for the British Empire Medal honour reads: ‘Nicholas Paul Cann. For services to stroke survivors and to the Stroke Association Wales.’
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