Stroke survivors in Merton will receive long-term support from Age UK Merton, thanks to a recent grant of £39,500.
Life After Stroke is an innovative programme of rehabilitation services specifically designed to provide ongoing support for stroke survivors. The service, run by Age UK Merton, helps people by providing high quality personalised support for anyone over 50 who has experienced a stroke. The programme is set to become a model for stroke support across the UK.
The programme offers one-to-one support to improve mobility, build confidence, regain life skills and re-engage with hobbies and interests. The ground breaking Functional Rehabilitation & Exercise Training after Stroke course uses new techniques that are proven to significantly improve stroke survivors’ recovery.
It is estimated 2,000 people in Merton living with the effects of a stroke are part of an estimated 900,000 across England and Wales. Each year approximately 121,000 people in England and Wales experience their first or recurrent stroke.
Rob Clarke, Chief Executive at Age UK Merton said:
“We are very grateful to Surrey Freemasons for their generous grant which will help us to support hundreds of people in our community to cope with the often devastating effects of a stroke.”
Vincent was a volunteer with Age UK as well as an active member of his local church club. He would give his time to support members of the community; befriending those unable to leave the house and helping with practical things like the weekly shop.
Several years ago, Vincent experienced a stroke. After months in hospital, he was discharged and Age UK Merton stepped in to support Vincent. The charity provided home support including handrails and help preparing food as well as the physiotherapy that has been vital for his ongoing recovery.
Thanks to the support he has received, Vincent has seen a huge improvement in his mobility, giving him the chance to get back into the community and his church club.
Following the grant, Surrey Freemason David Olliver met with Vincent and Mary Goodwin, Health Programmes Manager at Age UK Merton.
Meeting Vincent was really inspirational for me, this is a man who has spent his life helping others in need in his community, helping to end isolation, bringing companionship and happiness to those around him and even volunteering for Age UK Merton prior to his stroke, the very charity now helping him back onto his feet. Without people like Vincent, our communities would be poorer places. From all Surrey Freemasons, “Thank you Vincent”.