Stroke group provides hope

Stroke group set up by Victor Istead after his stroke group in Wakefield closed due to cuts'Pictured: Victor Istead and Val Newton with group members
Stroke group set up by Victor Istead after his stroke group in Wakefield closed due to cuts'Pictured: Victor Istead and Val Newton with group members

A MAN who suffered a stroke has set up a support group to help other people suffering in similar situations.

Victor Istead set up his stroke support group in Fitzwilliam after the closure of the Wakefield branch of the Leeds Stroke Association in January.

Mr Istead lost his speech and the use of his legs after he suffered a stroke in May 2009.

He is now able to talk again and can walk with the help of a walking stick.

And he has set up the new group to help people that are going through similar experiences.

Mr Istead said: “When you’ve had a stroke, you don’t like talking to anybody, it’s a tremendous loss of confidence.

“But you’ve got to keep going and when you see other people who have recovered from what you’ve got, it gives you hope and something to aim for.”

He set up the group in January following the closure of the support group in Wakefield, and now has almost 20 people on the books.

They meet once a week to support each other and talk about their problems and progress.

But it is also a group to help people who have suffered a stroke to get back into socialising.

They play games, such as Play Your Cards Right, and do gentle chair exercise classes.

Mr Istead is also hoping to set up regular visits to local hospitals to inform people of the group.

He added: “People need to know that there is help available, so that when they come out of hospital they know there is somebody there for them and don’t end up just sitting at home on their own.”

The group meets at 3pm every Thursday at the Hemsworrth Miners Social Club (The Pit Club) on Wentworth Terrace, in Fitzwilliam.

There is a charge of £2 per meeting, which members only pay when they attend.