Association is ‘given a hand’ by its Hunstanton supporters

Stroke association, one handed challenge day at Hunstanton Methodist Church.'LtoR, Kim Peach and Tracey Wright ANL-151028-075541009

Stroke association, one handed challenge day at Hunstanton Methodist Church.'LtoR, Kim Peach and Tracey Wright ANL-151028-075541009

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Hunstanton stroke survivors and residents joined forces on Tuesday to ‘Give a Hand’ to the Stroke Association.

Forty people attended the event at the Methodist Church, on Austin Street, in Hunstanton, as part of the week-long ‘Give a Hand to Conquer Stroke Week’ – a national event to mark World Stroke Day, which was yesterday.

Participants took part in an exercise and art classes, all 
using their non-dominant hand.

James Johnson, the deputy mayor of Hunstanton, attended, and took an active part in all of the activities.

Carmel Austin, stroke prevention co-ordinator for West Norfolk was also present and joined in the fun.

More than £200 was raised from the day.

Kim Peach, a co-ordinator at the Stroke Association in Hunstanton, said: “A stroke strikes in an instant but its effects can last a lifetime.

“Three-quarters of stroke survivors lose the use of one of their hands.

“Often, people affected by a stroke have to re-learn to do the things they’ve always done using their other hand.

“The Stroke Association supports people through this rehabilitation.

“We called upon local supporters to come along to our Give A Hand morning to help raise awareness and vital funds for the Stroke Association.

“We organised a number of fun challenges which people paid a small donation to take part in.

“There was also a raffle and refreshments and evnts like this one across the UK can help more people conquer strokes.”