Stroke Association's voluntary income rose by 10 per cent last year

The charity's accounts say it rose from £16.7m to £18.3m in 2012/13 after a fall of 9 per cent in 2011/12

The Stroke Association’s voluntary income increased by nearly 10 per cent in 2012/13 to £18.3m, according to its latest accounts.

The accounts show that total voluntary income increased by 9.6 per cent after a fall of 9 per cent in 2011/12 to £16.7m.

This contributed to a rise in the charity’s overall income to £31.1m, up from £30.6m in 2011/12, when it had fallen for the first time in eight years.

Legacy income increased by 16 per cent to £6.8m, the accounts say. This was after a fall of 23 per cent in 2011/12 to £5.9m.

The report says the increases can be traced to the launch of the charity’s new brand in May 2012. The document says this has "improved our image and has undoubtedly helped us to engage better with supporters and potential supporters, particularly in the corporate sector".

The charity’s income from service contracts fell to £11.2m in 2012/13, from £12.3m the previous year. In the report’s foreword, Jon Barrick, the association’s chief executive, says this was because of the "turmoil around health and social care system changes". Services previously contracted for three years have been renewed for one, he says.

Savings of £1.8m were made through efficiency measures and a redundancy programme, which began in 2011/12 and led to a total of 28 posts being lost from a workforce of 755.

A spokesman for the charity said 10 redundancies were made in 2012/13 as part of the programme, which ended in May last year. Eight of these were due to service contracts coming to an end. Two posts were cut.

The charity’s highest-paid employee earns between £90,001 and £100,000, according to the accounts; three others are paid more than £60,000 a year.

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