Help for stroke group

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A NEW support group will help people who have suffered a stroke across the Five Towns thanks to our Cash Giveaway.

Victor Istead set up the Five Towns Stroke Group in Fitzwilliam after the closure of the Wakefield branch of the Leeds Stroke Association in January.

And he has been awarded £1,550, which will pay for their set-up costs this year.

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

But he is now able to talk again and can walk with the use of a stick.

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

Mr Istead, 65, of Kinsley said: “We are really pleased to get this money, which will help no end.

“It is very important for people to come together in this way and we want to let people know we are here to help. Having a stroke is a massive shock to the system and most people do not want to go anywhere or do anything.

“I found there was little support or information available for people who have had a stroke and that is why we are here.”

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.