Stroke survivor defies the odds to set up her own business

Claire Russell.

Claire Russell.

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A stroke survivor has beaten all the odds to launch a new business from her home in Rugby.

Claire Russell has lived in the town for more than 12 years with her husband John and their children.

But life hasn’t been without its challenges for Claire - she underwent hip replacement surgery at the age of 18 and suffered a stroke one year later, which left her in a coma.

Claire recovered but was left with almost no sensation on the right-hand side of her body.

She went on to build a business specialising in insurance for lawyers but recently decided to launch a new venture from her kitchen table, in order to spend more time with her children.

Claire said: “I knew I needed to make a change. The children were going to grow up whether I was around or not, but I wanted to be around.

“I wanted to share sports days and school performances with them and I wanted to be able to hear about their day when they got home, not creep into their bedrooms when I finally finished work.

“So, I took the plunge, extracted myself from the only career I had known and looked for something else to do.”

Claire’s new venture will see her offer business mentoring and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and operate a health and wellness business under the umbrella of Claire Russell Enterprises.

More information about the business can be found online at: www.clairerussell.co.uk