Julie Dyson, Open University student and supporter

Julie Dyson’s gift could help survivors recover after a stroke

Julie Dyson, OU student and supporter
Julie's support for OU research could change the lives of those she cares for

Julie is supporting new healthcare technology with the potential to change lives

Having built up a community of leading care homes, Julie Dyson has always been on the look-out for new developments that can help improve her residents’ quality of life and recovery from critical illnesses, such as a stroke.

As an Open University student studying science and maths, she discovered that cutting-edge innovations in distance teaching are being developed to help transform patients’ lives.

One example is Dr Simon Holland’s haptic bracelets, which use the same vibration technology as a smartphone, to teach drummers and other musicians at a distance. His research uncovered their potential to help rehabilitate people who have survived a stroke. The gentle nudges provided by each bracelet can help patients to learn to stand tall and walk again with confidence.

The Open University has changed my life, and I want to help it change the lives of thousands more.” Julie Dyson, Open University student

Through her charity, The Goldcrest Charitable Trust, Julie made a generous donation of £75,000 to help develop the prototypes of this life-changing technology.

“I was blown away by the potential of Dr Holland’s work and by the quality of research being undertaken,” says Julie. “I knew I had to support him in developing the haptic bracelets further.”

Already, the prototype haptic bracelets have the potential to be used by patients at home, without difficult journeys to rehabilitation centres. Stroke survivors can use these powerful aids to work on their rehab at times to suit them and this cutting-edge technology could also offer answers for many other neurological conditions, like Parkinson’s. Julie’s support for Dr Holland’s research has the potential to help revolutionise the rehabilitation process for thousands of individuals.

It’s amazing to think how an individual endeavour can bring about such extraordinary progress.