Stroke support group on lookout for more members

The Stubbington Stroke Association goes from strength to strength with new members joining as well at its meetings held at Stubbington Community Centre   (left) Chairman of the association David O'Rourke (74) chats to Don Evans (81) and discusses the use of cards with symbols on them to assist his recovery  Picture: Malcolm Wells (123455-9557)
The Stubbington Stroke Association goes from strength to strength with new members joining as well at its meetings held at Stubbington Community Centre (left) Chairman of the association David O'Rourke (74) chats to Don Evans (81) and discusses the use of cards with symbols on them to assist his recovery Picture: Malcolm Wells (123455-9557)
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FOR Don Evans getting support from a stroke group has helped him come to terms with his condition.

Mr Evans, 81, of Bramble Way, Peel Common, Gosport, suffered a stroke four years ago.

The retired navy chief said: ‘I was walking down the stairs at home and all of a sudden I ended up at the bottom.

‘I was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

‘The stroke has affected my voice and my right leg – I cannot drive anymore.’

Mr Evans is a regular at the Stubbington Stroke Association, which meets at the Crofton Community Centre, in Stubbington Lane.

The three-year-old group, which is run by volunteers, hosts a range of activities for patients to do and a chance to meet others in a similar situation to them.

‘I have been coming to this group since it first started,’ added Mr Evans.

‘The people here are brilliant.

‘The speech therapist has helped me to talk more.

‘We are all together and we have fun speaking to one another and helping each other out.’

During the two-hour session, people can take part in ‘chair-robics’, quizzes and use cards to help them speak.

Volunteers at the group said they are desperate for more people to use the service.

Chairman David O’Rourke said: ‘The aim is to give people a meeting point so they don’t feel alone.

‘We have about 12 people each week, but we can easily take double.’

The group meets on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm and costs £3.

To find out more, call Mr O’Rourke on 07814 696257.