THE FIRST Thursday Group is a vital support system for one caring family.
Sue and Peter Wooldridge, of Cross Street, Upton look after their 35-year-old son Stuart, who is on daily dialysis after suffering from severe diabetes since he was 11, and faces a kidney and pancreas transplant in the future.
And Mrs Wooldridge’s sister, Diane Sykes, 45, has learning difficulties and has been in a wheelchair for around 20 years. The family have looked after her for the past decade.
It is a full-time job for the couple and they have found attending the group a huge help.
Mrs Wooldridge, 59, said: “We don’t get any other support and it can be tough. But the group makes it that bit easier for us. We are really grateful for it.
“We get a lot of information from the group and it also gives us the chance to get out together rather than being stuck in the house 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“It’s so nice to go and talk to other people who are in a similar situation, it makes you realise you are not alone.”