Downham Market stroke group celebrates five years of support

Downham Stroke group 5th anniversary. ANL-150107-152325009
Downham Stroke group 5th anniversary. ANL-150107-152325009
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A Downham support group for people living with the aftermath of a stroke has celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Around 50 members regularly attend the group’s weekly meetings at the town’s Methodist church in Paradise Road.

And they enjoyed a tea party and a purple auction as they marked the milestone at their meeting yesterday.

The group was set up in 2010 by Stroke Association officials, who help volunteers to run it.

Among the members celebrating was Ian Sutton, from Marham, who has been attending meetings from soon after the group was launched.

He said: “The stroke team do a marvellous job and I am so thankful to them for their care.

The aim of the group is to provide the emotional support that comes from talking with other people who have had the same experience.

“I am so pleased that, over the past five years, we have been able to reach out to people like myself and help.”

Gemma Smith, communication and long-term support co-ordinator for the Stroke Association in Norfolk, added: “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 the volunteers and I would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work.”

The group meets every Wednesday at the Methodist church, from 1pm.

For more information, phone 01366 377803 or email gemma.smith@stroke.org.uk.