New chairman for Stowmarket support group is stroke survivor

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The Stowmarket Stroke Support Group has appointed a new chairman and, for the first time, he is himself a stroke survivor.

Alan Moore, 63, of Badwell Ash, had a severe ‘bleed’ stroke – a brain haemorrhage – in 2005 which left him unable to walk or talk.

After three months in West Suffolk Hospital and eight months in an out-patient rehab treatment in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, he was referred to the stroke support group.

He said: “Although I received good treatment from the NHS, I still needed long term support and joined Stowmarket’s Stroke Support Group in 2006, and I have attended ever since.

“With the group’s support and encouragement I have not only been a member but taken on some voluntary roles in other organisations.”

On becoming chairman, he added: “I was extremely gratified to be asked to take on this role – it gives me a real feeling of returning to life.”

The group meets Thursdays during term-time from 10am-12pm at the Salvation Army hall in Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket.

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