A new Chandler’s Ford Stroke Support Group will be launched on 30th January 2014.
This group starts from Thursday, 30th January 2014 and meets from 2 to 4pm on the last Thursday of every month at the Velmore Community Centre on Falkland Road, Chandler’s Ford SO53 3GY.
Contact Mike Scrivener:
Telephone: 07976 630764
An inspiration from Tom Foster
The Stroke Support Group has particular significance for the Rotary Club of Chandler’s Ford and Itchen Valley. Rotarian Tom Foster was a long-serving member of the Chandler’s Ford Rotary Club, who suffered a stroke in September 2007. He was left with many physical challenges but maintained his speech and mental articulation.
Tom continued to attend regular club meetings and events, including Rotary conferences and holidays. His determination to be active and to be included in all of the Club’s activities was an amazing achievement, given his disability.
Tom died in 2013 unexpectedly, following a fall at home, and so the Rotary Club has honoured his fight with his stroke, remembering and associating him with this new local stroke support group.
“Here to make a difference”
Graham Johns, President of the Chandler’s Ford Rotary Club said: “Our Rotary Club is here to make a difference to our community. We welcome anyone who have been touched by stroke in the area or would like to support the group as a volunteer to come along and join in.”
What is a stroke?
According to the Stroke Association, a stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off and brain cells are damaged or die.
Katherine Staley, Regional Head of Operations at the Stroke Association said: “We’re really excited to be launching this new group. A stroke can happen in an instant but leaves half the people who survive reliant on others for every day activities such as making a cup of tea or leaving the house. This can be very isolating for stroke survivors and their families. This new Stroke Association Voluntary Group will give people the chance to come together, gain confidence and have fun. ”