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Fanny was born in 1946 in the Philippines. She came to the UK in 1974 to study to become a psychiatric nurse. She was a psychiatric nurse in hospitals including St Thomas’ Hospital for 25 years. Fanny suffered a stroke while she was on holiday in America in 2017. Despite many falls, Fanny is still active and keeps busy as a volunteer guide at the Tate Gallery. Fanny is an Ambassador, a volunteer and a Befriender for charities across Westminster. She is also a nail technician and a keen baker, which she incorporates into her volunteering.

Brain Odysseys has helped me learn that having a stroke is not the end of the world. I have learnt that there is always something that I can provide to other people. I’ve learnt to have patience and take time to decide what words to use so that others can understand me. Sometimes they can’t find the words they really want to use so I can help them’.