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Lottery cash for Stourport stroke club
A NUMBER of activities including boccia games have been taking place at a Stourport support group thanks to a lottery grant.
Stourport and District Stroke Group, based at Astley and Dunley Village Hall, was awarded £1,942 from the National Lottery Awards for All scheme and the money has been used to buy a variety of games and activities specifically designed for use by disabled people.
This includes basketball, skittles and table football.
The club has been in operation for a year after the former Astley Stroke Association closed.
David Farnaby and Janet Macefield, who were members of the old organisation, have set up the new group and are chairman and secretary/treasurer respectively.
Ms Macefield said: “We put together an application for the grant and we were absolutely delighted to get it.
“We have been quite fortunate in our fundraising during the first year which has been great.
“We call the project ‘accessible activities’ – all items can be played with by people in wheelchairs, we have played a boccia game and simple games such as draughts and darts.
“The news of the grant went down very well. It is not easy coming up with new ideas but we have plenty going on such as guest speakers and we have put up hanging baskets – activities which everyone can get involved in.
“Part of our aim is to be a community group and run activities for people and this equipment will help with that and we have a wonderful band of volunteers.”
Meetings take place at Astley and Dunley Village Hall every other Tuesday from 10am until noon.
On Tuesday, October 2, the group will host a bring and buy sale to raise funds.
Members will take a trip to Malvern for lunch and a tour of the Morgan car factory on Tuesday, October 16.
The group has about 27 members and anyone who is interested in joining should call Ms Macefield on 01299 896886.