Hunstanton stroke survivors show artistic talent

In front of survivors' paintings guests admire the many and varied works in the exhibition.  From left - Hunstanton mayor, James Johnson, artists Stephen Martyn and Margaret Mann, volunteer Al Ware, group chairman Julie Manning, Wellbeing administrator Rik Thornton, and King's Lynn mayor, David Whitby MLNF16PB08465 ANL-160823-162637001

In front of survivors' paintings guests admire the many and varied works in the exhibition. From left - Hunstanton mayor, James Johnson, artists Stephen Martyn and Margaret Mann, volunteer Al Ware, group chairman Julie Manning, Wellbeing administrator Rik Thornton, and King's Lynn mayor, David Whitby MLNF16PB08465 ANL-160823-162637001

The remarkable artistic skills of people who survive a stroke was on display over the weekend at Hunstanton Methodist church.

An exhibition of their paintings, alongside that of other local artists, showed that skills can be-re-learned after a stroke or, in some cases, a survivor who has never picked up a paint brush before, can gain a new skill.

“Such as someone paralysed down one side who learns to paint with the other hand,” said chairman of the group, Julie Manning.

The Coastal Stroke Support and Carers Group is five years old but this was their first exhibition and it drew a large crowd to the official opening, including the mayors of Lynn and Hunstanton, David Wilby and James Johnson.

Rik Thornton, administrator of Wellbeing, an organisation devoted to mental health and emotional issues, said, “Art is very therapeutic in that it also helps mental health.”

The hard work of the group that led to the stroke survivors exhibition was graphically underlined in a video, made by Mr Thornton, which was shown during the evening. It detailed the work of one group of survivors and will probably be shown to other support groups around the country over the coming months.

Profits from the sale of pictures, and a calendar with a selection of survivors work, will provide arts and crafts opportunities and hydrotherapy for stroke survivors.