Community fair held to raise stroke awareness

UNDER PRESSURE Clyde Macfarlane from Chichester having ''   his blood pressure checked by Deborah Hill, staff nurse for the community stroke and rehabilitation team at QA. Picture: Sarah Standing (131471-6368)
UNDER PRESSURE Clyde Macfarlane from Chichester having '' his blood pressure checked by Deborah Hill, staff nurse for the community stroke and rehabilitation team at QA. Picture: Sarah Standing (131471-6368)
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A COMMUNITY fair was held to raise awareness of strokes.

The first annual Stroke Association Community Fair took place in St Jude’s Church, in Kent Road, Southsea.

The aim was to raise awareness about strokes.

Claire Wittcomb, who is a volunteer for the Stroke Association and organised the event, said: ‘There are more than 4,000 stroke survivors living in Portsmouth, which demonstrates just how many people stroke affects.’

Stalls were also at the venue, giving information to visitors from a range of organisations including Diabetes UK and Aids UK.

The day also had live music, which was vintage-themed.

More than £250 was also raised from the event, which will take place again next year.

Claire said: ‘We focused on the emotional impact of stroke and themed our stalls and raffle around it. We were very pleased with the turnout and success.’

The Stroke Association will be taking part in The Great South Run on Sunday, October 27, and a sponsored abseil down the Spinnaker Tower this weekend. For more information, email gsr@stroke.org.uk.