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STROKE GROUP CASHES IN ON PATIENT ADVOCACY FUND

September 21, 2004 9:00 AM

Corkerhill Stroke Club, in Glasgow's Southside, has received a £500 cash boost from NHS Greater's Glasgow's Patient Advocacy Fund.

And the grant awarded from this fund - which assists worthwhile groups that contribute to patient care in the community - will help with the club's valuable stroke support work.

Hugh McAuley, who is treasurer of the club and was a stroke victim himself around five years ago, welcomed the grant.

He said: "The Corkerhill Stroke Club is a great way of bringing stroke patients together to support each other after their hospital treatment. It lets them socialise and take part in activities, but it's also respite for their families and carers.

"Our funding comes from various sources but we are responsible for it and we've got to keep it going to ensure that we're here for the people who need us. The Patient Advocacy Fund grant will help with things like hall rental, arts and crafts material and the general running of the club."

Hugh went on to explain that the group, which was originally formed in 1995, currently consists of more than 20 members whose ages range from 40s to 90s and who have a broad range of physical abilities.

So what do members do at the club?

Hugh explained: "We generally meet once a week for a hot meal and a varied programme of activities such as arts and crafts, activity games, dominoes, quizzes and organised social outings."

The group was set up by Yvonne Currie, the Stroke Nurse Specialist at the Southern General Hospital, who now organises the weekly activity programme.

Yvonne said: "It's great to see people getting help in the community after they've had a stroke and this is largely thanks to volunteer helpers, because without their support, groups like the stroke club would find it difficult to survive."

The Stroke Nurse added: "Corkerhill Stroke Club can give people everything from a hobby to emotional support and confidence, so it's important that the funding keeps coming in and the club can be there for those who need it."

Hugh McAuley agreed, saying simply: "Whether our members live alone or have supportive carers, a stroke could mean they might never be over the door if it wasn't for our club."

Membership of the Corkerhill Stroke Club is generally open to those who have had a stroke and their families, with referrals made through Sister Yvonne Currie.

General information on applying for grants from the Patient Advocacy Fund is available by calling Jim Whyteside on 0141 201 4445 or emailing: [email protected].

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For media enquiries, contact Caroline Jarvie tel: 0141 201 4447

 

 

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