Stroke group gains funding as it becomes a new charity

A GROUP which helps stroke victims and their families is set to benefit from a cash boost.

The South East Northumberland Stroke Support Group, who provide activities in Cramlington and Bedlington, have accessed funding and have just become a registered charity following confirmation from the Charity Commission.

The group provides a wide range of support to people who have suffered a stroke as well as organising social activities and outings, with activities taking place at the East Bedlington Community Centre and St Nicholas Church in Cramlington.

Currently more than 60 people benefit from activities but members are keen to support more people and their families who have suffered a stroke.

Vice chair of the group, Jim Wyness, said: “When people suffer a stroke its often difficult knowing where to turn to for advice and support.

“As people who have suffered a stroke we can provide appropriate support.

“We are developing a programme of activities which contribute to health and well being and improved quality of life not only for the stroke sufferer but their wider family or carer.”

The group is currently organisaing a digital photograph competition in preparation of developing their own calendar for 2014.

The group has accessed funding from a number of sources including the Big Lottery Fund and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Stephen Humphrey, from Wansbeck CVS, who advised the group, added: “It has been good to see the group develop over the past couple of years.

“In achieving charitable status this also demonstrates that the group are heading in the right direction and will support more people in our community.”

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