Stowmarket support group for stroke survivors celebrates 10th anniversary

Some of the volunteers who set the group up 10 years ago, and all are still involved Picture: STOWMA

Some of the volunteers who set the group up 10 years ago, and all are still involved Picture: STOWMARKET STROKE SUPPORT GROUP - Credit: STOWMARKET STROKE SUPPORT GROUP

Stroke survivors from Stowmarket came together with prominent politicians to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a very special support group.

Run by volunteers, the Stowmarket Stroke Support Group hosts meetings to give survivors in the area the opportunity to support each other, share experiences, make new friends, rebuild their self-confidence and develop new skills.

Members, carers and volunteers gathered with special guests Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill and Stowmarket mayor Linda Baxter earlier this month to mark 10 years of invaluable support for those whose lives have been torn apart by stroke.

Alan Moore, 66, from Badwell Ash had a stroke in 2005. He has attended the group since it first opened its doors to the community in 2008 – and is now chair.

Mr Moore said: “The Stowmarket Stroke Support Group has helped me rebuild my life not once, but several times.

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“The group do a marvellous job and I am so thankful to have had the support after my stroke.

“It is helpful to have someone to talk to who is in the same situation, you can see how they cope with it and to be able to talk about the everyday things of life after a stroke; you can feel normal again.

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“Survivors come with stories to tell, usually very lacking in confidence when they first get here then eventually they get their confidence back and it becomes a social group and everyone is the best of mates.”

Neil Chapman, support manager at the Stroke Association, hailed the group a huge success.

He added: “The Stowmarket Stroke Support Group is run by volunteers who go above and beyond to make such a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

“Stroke has a massive and sudden impact.

“People’s lives are changed forever – not just for the stroke survivor, but for their family and friends as well.

“The Stowmarket Stroke Support Group helps people affected by stroke rebuild their lives.

“I am delighted that the group is continuing to provide ongoing support to help people get back into everyday life.

“Its success is a credit to the team, and I would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work.”

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