Make a festive gesture

Think Ahead Stroke Charity is selling Charity Bows for Christmas. Pictured at the launch of the scheme are LtR: Mike Matthews, Mike Aspinall, Lila Aspinall, seated and Linda Monaghan
Think Ahead Stroke Charity is selling Charity Bows for Christmas. Pictured at the launch of the scheme are LtR: Mike Matthews, Mike Aspinall, Lila Aspinall, seated and Linda Monaghan
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SHOPPERS can support a charity by decorating Wigan’s tree this Christmas.

Christmas bows are on sale to put on the tree in Wigan’s Market Hall to help raise funds for Think Ahead Stroke Group, which supports stroke survivors and their families across the borough.

The bows cost £1 each and the bows will then be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win a hamper full of goodies in the New Year.

Coun David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet champion for regeneration, said: “Around 1,000 people experience Stroke across Wigan and Leigh every year, and Think Ahead provides vital services and support to stroke survivors and their carers.

“We are very happy to be supporting such a worthy local cause this Christmas.”

Think Ahead’s chairman, Mike Aspinall, said: “This is the second year that Think Ahead has been chosen as the Market Hall Christmas bow charity, and we would like to thank Wigan Council’s town centre and markets management for giving us the opportunity to do something special this Christmas to raise funds and profile in the community for Think Ahead.

“So if you can, please spare £1 this Christmas to help local stroke survivors. There are so many more people in Wigan and Leigh that we could be helping – it is just a matter of reaching them, and this is a brilliant way of spreading the word and having a bit of fun this Christmas.”

Think Ahead is a stroke awareness charity and through its unique long term Living With Stroke programme offers stroke survivors, their carers and families help and support to improve the quality of their lives by providing friendship, information, advice, support and education.

The group also organises outings, respite breaks and social activities to improve their interaction and social skills.