A GROUP of Wigan stroke survivors and carers met local dignitaries and health professionals to share their health experiences.
Organised by the Stroke Association to raise awareness of life after a stroke, the event was attended by Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan and Shadow Minister for Civil Society, and Dr Tim Dalton, chairman of Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group.
Sir Ian McCartney, chairman of Healthwatch Wigan, and Linda Agnew, director of corporate development at Bridgewater Community Healthcare Trust, also attended the event at Pemberton Primary Care Resource Centre in Sherwood Drive.
Together they met Wigan stroke survivors and their carers, plus volunteers for the Stroke Association.
The health professionals listened to speeches by people who had been affected by the condition, in addition to presentations on the services available in the area for those living with the effects of the illness.
Maryann Hunt, 55 from Atherton, had a stroke in 2012 which left her with weakness in her left side and affected her emotionally.
She returned to work as an operating theatre practitioner at Royal Bolton Hospital full time after 11 months.
She said: “If it wasn’t for the support from the Stroke Association I wouldn’t have made such a good recovery.
“The phone call I made to the Wigan team once home was the best I ever made.
“They visited regularly, listened to me and helped me to feel positive.
“I also joined the local Stroke Support Group which really helped me to come to terms with my condition, by meeting others in the same situation.”
Jim Brown, information, advice and support co-ordinator for the Stroke Association, added: “Strokes have a massive and sudden impact. It affects people physically and emotionally.
“The event has helped to raise awareness of strokes and we’re very grateful to everyone who came along. The true VIPs are the stroke survivors and carers.”
The Stroke Association provides an information, advice and support service and communication support service in Wigan, in partnership with Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group.
For more information about the services available in Wigan, contact the team on 01942 482 133. To find out more about strokes, visit www.stroke.org.uk.