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MPs Andy Burnham and Yvonne Fovargue lend support to stroke victims
5:20pm Thursday 7th February 2013 in News
LEIGH MP Andy Burnham and Makerfield colleague Yvonne Fovargue visited Abram to meet people who have suffered a stroke.
Wigan and Leigh Stroke Support Group invited the MPs to one of the group’s fortnightly meetings at the village community centre to learn about the Stroke Association Voluntary Group, which is supported by Wigan Council and the Manchester Community Fund.
Shadow health minister 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.
“I know that the group is currently looking for volunteer drivers to bring some of their members to the group and I hope that people with a few hours to spare can assist.”
Mrs Fovargue praised the group’s work in an area where 600 people have a stroke every year and more than 5,500 people are living with a disability after a stroke.
She said: “Wigan and Leigh Stroke Support Group is a wonderful example of how people come together to support those most in need and I am very proud of the hard work that Sue Lewis and her volunteers have put in to support stroke victims through their recovery.”
Kathleen Fallon and Cathy Jones from Leigh’s Asda store presented a £150 cheque to the group at the meeting after customers at the Windermere Road branch nominated it as their ‘chosen by you’ charity.
The group meets on alternate Fridays between 12.30pm and 2.30pm at Abram Community Centre.
Call 01942 514647 for more information about volunteering or joining the group.