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Stroke charity awards highlights great work by Link4Life staff and volunteers
- 06 February 2019
EXCELLENT work by staff from Link4Life and local volunteers in supporting stroke rehabilitation services in the Rochdale area has been recognised by the Stroke Association at a regional awards ceremony.
Staff from Link4Life’s Health & Wellbeing Team and volunteers from the Pennine Stroke Support Group received certificates from the Stroke Association at the charity’s regional Life After Stroke Awards ceremony held at the AJ Bell Stadium at Barton-upon-Irwell, near the Trafford Centre.
Link4Life is a not-for-profit charity that operates leisure, arts and culture venues and activities throughout the borough. Its community programmes include sport, health and inclusion activities for adults, children and teenagers, people with disabilities, plus schools, training and workforce programmes.
Link4Life staff Elaine Stott, Adele Hoolahan and Paul Gardner were nominated by the Stroke Association and received recognition in the Professional Excellence Award category.
The staff were praised for their physical activity programmes which are designed to improve mobility, balance and co-ordination for people who have suffered strokes.
Certificates for volunteering services were presented to Lucy Knox, Gail Charlton, Mal Harrison and Ray Clegg from the Pennine Stroke Support group. They assist the Stroke Association in providing local support groups in the Rochdale borough.
The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care, supports people to make the best recovery they can, and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke.
A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. Each year, there are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK, meaning someone suffers a stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.
Janine Scanlan, Rochdale stroke support co-ordinator for the Stroke Association, said: “We have worked with Link4Life since 2013 to create and deliver exercise groups in the area for stroke survivors.
“Stroke has a massive and sudden impact. People’s lives are changed forever - not just stroke survivors, but also for their family and friends. So, the Rochdale support groups help people affected by stroke to rebuild their lives. Stroke survivors and their loved ones are improving their fitness, wellbeing and confidence through these activities.
“We are thrilled that both Link4Life and the Pennine Stroke Support Group were nominated to receive Life After Stroke awards. Their determination of both groups to help stroke survivors on their road to recovery is truly inspirational.”
Shirley Waller, Link4Life Health Interventions Manager, said: “One of the things that makes Link4Life different to purely-commercial gym and leisure centre operators is our range of affordable, community-focused health and well-being activities at a wide range of local and accessible venues.
“We are delighted to receive this independent recognition of our good work from the Stroke Association. Link4Life works closely with the Stroke Association and Pennine Stroke Support, and we really value the relationships we’ve built over the past few years.”
Link4Life’s rehabilitation activities have included weekly sessions on Thursdays at Rochdale Leisure Centre, to help stroke sufferers reduce their risk of another stroke and improve their fitness. The two-hour sessions covered topics including simple lifestyle changes, healthy diet and improving mood, as well as exercise with a Link4Life instructor qualified in stroke rehabilitation.
For further details on Link4Life’s support for stroke rehabilitation services, call 01706 926236 or visit the Health & Wellbeing section of the website link4life.org
Pic 1, from left: Elaine Stott from Link4Life, Janine Scanlan, Stroke Association’s Rochdale support coordinator; and Paul Gardner and Adele Hoolahan, both from Link4Life.
Pic 2. Pennine Stroke Support Group volunteers, from left, Lucy Knox, Gail Charlton, Mal Harrison and Ray Clegg