Stroke group will go on despite cuts

PEOPLE who suffer strokes in the Daventry area may not be able to get the support that was once available.

That is the claim made by Braunston resident Ian Simpson who helps to run the Daventry peer support group run by The Stroke Association.

The warning has come after Northamptonshire County Council decided not renew the funding it has given to the Stroke Association over the past few years.

Mr Simpson has said the group in Daventry will continue to run but he is worried that other people may not be told the group exists.

He said: “The group will still continue to run because we do not need a lot of support for the type of things we do. However, people were told about the work we do, and now the funding has come to an end, people may not get the help.”

Some 120 people have been helped in the town in the three years the peer support group has been running. The group, which currently has 22 members, aims to give people moral and practical support in recovering from a stroke. It was started by Mr Simpson, 81, after he suffered a stroke four years ago.

Mr Simpson said: “It is a shame because this group helped me out a lot after I suffered my stroke. I know it has helped out many other people because it put people who had strokes in touch with each other.”

The funding which came via central government was ringfenced to last three years.

Simon Cook, head of operations for The Stroke Association in the East Midlands, said: “We need these vital services to be continued.

“We are in talks with alternative funders, but we are really concerned that local stroke survivors will be left with nowhere to turn.”

The group will still be run by Mr Simpson and anyone who is interested can get in touch with him by calling 01788 891501.