The ‘Access Stroke Support’ project will ensure survivors and carers can access social and peer support activities, including weekly meetings & monthly outings through out the year, and an annual holiday, through the provision of accessible transport.
Graham Swatton, Swindon Stroke Support Group’s Fundraiser said “When I found out that we were going to receive £5,600, it almost seemed unreal. It is fantastic to receive funding raised by Health Total through The Health Lottery to cover our considerable transport costs for our activities, which means we can develop and promote our services to our existing and future membership.
“Our project will target those who can’t access peer and social support due to restricted mobility and economic hardship. Research has shown that the risk of chronic stress, memory loss, and risk of another stroke is reduced through access to social and peer support. Giving access to our services means we can boost mood and confidence, and prevent further ill health through social contact and information. To do this we need volunteers and money…….we had the volunteers, now thanks to the grant we have both! So a great big THANKYOU to all those buying Health Lottery ticket.
Marion Bishop, existing Stroke Group member, said, “When my husband Les had a stroke our world was turned upside down, more so in some ways when he was discharged from hospital confined to a wheelchair.”
“Swindon Stroke Support Group has proved to us that there is a life after a stroke and has helped us in so many ways. Without their support I really don’t know how we would have managed to have any sort of quality of life.”
Donald Macrae, Director of Health Total, said: “This project brings real value to the health and well being of the local community and we are delighted to be supporting it”
If there are any stroke survivors or carers wanting to know more about the support we provide, please visit our website www.swindonstrokesupportgroup.btck.co.uk or phone 01793 529693