Hunstanton Stroke Group celebrates fifth birthday

The Stroke group in Hunstanton is celebrating it's 5th anniversary. Pictured are (from left) Gemma S

The Stroke group in Hunstanton is celebrating it's 5th anniversary. Pictured are (from left) Gemma Smith, Erwin Gleadhill, Chris Bryant, Julie Manning and Borough mayor Colin Manning. Picture: Ian Burt

A west Norfolk group which provides support for stroke sufferers and their carers has celebrated its fifth birthday.

Borough mayor Colin Manning's wife Julie helped start the Hunstanton Stroke Group at the Methodist Church in 2011, after volunteers were called on to provide the service in the seaside town.

Over the years the group has grown from just two members to between 25 to 30 every week.

Julie Manning said: 'It's so rewarding. It's now part of my life I just love it so much. Sometimes I have tears in my eyes because I can see how much people have improved. People who came in wheelchairs are now walking into the group. They come no matter what the weather is like.'

Activities for the members include an art group, extend exercises and outings. Focus is also put on the carers with a relaxation class, complete with music and candles.

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'When you have had a stroke you have a certain amount of physio then the majority of people are just left and there is nothing. They can come to us and people who have had a stroke can talk to others who understand. It's so important and the group is so friendly,' said the mayoress.

The birthday was celebrated with a buffet and live music and proceeds from the event will go to the Stroke Association.

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The group meets on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm at the Methodist Church on Austin Street.

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