In the South West there are nearly 120,000 people living with the effects of the affects of stroke. The Stroke Association, the UK’s only national charity dedicated to fighting stroke and supporting survivors, has launched a call for volunteers to host Sip for Stroke events up and down the region.
At least two out of five (40%) stroke survivors struggle with swallowing, particularly in the early stages of their rehabilitation. This means that everyday things such as enjoying a cup of tea or a slice of cake become another challenge in the patient’s recovery.
Phil Cheetham, said: “When I first had my stroke I could not swallow tea at all, let alone make it. However, I received lots of support and my swallowing is almost normal, drinking tea is now a pleasure. I am so grateful to the Stroke Association for everything they did for me. Sip for Stroke events are a great way to raise awareness of and money for this special cause.”
Ruth Dunkin, community and events fundraising manager for the Stroke Association said: “Sip for Stroke parties come in all shapes and sizes, you can host them in schools, clubs, pubs or at home. Some people like to have themed events like a Japanese tea ceremony or a ‘50 shades of Earl Grey’ tea tasting. We even know of a tea party happening at an air base in Afghanistan. The important thing is to have fun with while helping to raise much needed funds for our work and awareness about stroke.”
Information packs about how to get involved and organise a Sip for Stroke event are available. Packs include fundraising ideas, recipes, invitations for guests and posters to publicise events.