BOROUGH MPs today hailed the work of an inspiring volunteer organisation.
They met members to talk in detail about Wigan and Leigh Stroke Support Group’s programmes after accepting an invitation from chairman Sue Lewis.
Yvonne Fovargue and Andy Burnham’s visit coincided with a donation of £150 from Asda Leigh after the group was nominated by customers for the Chosen by You charity.
Ms Lewis revealed that the majority of the group’s volunteers were stroke survivors themselves.
She said: “We aim to provide a friendly, sociable and supportive atmosphere at our meetings at Abram Community Centre every other Friday and if you or a family member has been affected by Stroke we will be more than happy to welcome you at our meetings.”
Ms Fovargue hailed Wigan and Leigh Stroke Support Group as a wonderful example of how local people come together to support those most in need.
She said: “I am very proud of the hard work that Sue and her volunteers have put in to support stroke victims through their recovery.”
In Ashton, Leigh and Wigan 600 people have a stroke every year and more than 5,500 people in the area are living with a disability after a stroke. High blood pressure is the single biggest cause of strokes and affects almost a quarter of the population in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan.
Shadow Health Secretary and Leigh MP Mr Burnham said: “Stroke changes lives. It can and does have a huge effect on the person and their family. That’s why I am always moved by the bravery and enthusiasm of Stroke victims and the dedication shown by volunteers.”