Entering our 33rd year

THIS February the Alnwick Stroke Club enters its 33rd year and our thanks must go to Anchor Housing and the residents of St Paul’s Court Sheltered Housing, Alnwick, for allowing us to meet there each Tuesday.

The biggest expenditure in running the club is the transportation of our members from their homes within north Northumberland.

Wherever possible we use NEED buses (North East Equality and Diversity Ltd) and volunteer drivers within the WRVS ‘Getabout’ scheme - without which, the costs would be over the top.

As it is, this year’s transport costs will be our highest ever. The donations our club receives from clubs, associations, church groups, Alnwick Town Council and individuals are so much appreciated and the only way we can continue.

It is good to see that the Stroke Association has helped to start up a regular stroke club in Berwick-upon-Tweed to provide a second facility for those who have suffered a stroke within north Northumberland.

The Alnwick Stroke Club was started by WRVS supervisor Joan Pringle, who now lives in Morpeth, and we are lucky in Alnwick to still have nine dedicated volunteers which include Margaret Hill and Annice Waddell with over 30-year service each.

At present we have vacancies for members. Should you know of someone who would benefit from attending our club please contact their care manager or phone me with any queries.

George Stokoe,

Chairman, Alnwick Stroke Club

Tel: 01665 603058.