Hucknall man’s new role will help stroke sufferers

A HUCKNALL pensioner is hoping his appointment as vice-chairman of the Stroke Association Consultation Group for East Midlands will help provide more help to people and carers who have been affected by the condition.

RAY WILMOT, of Rydal Drive, says that stroke sufferers often struggle to find necessary information on how to cope with the debilitating nature of the illness and he believes that more help is needed for survivors across the country.

“My role is mainly to act as a go-between for stroke clubs in the East Midlands, of which there are 39 branches, and The Stroke Association,” said Ray (73), who is also a member of Nottingham Stroke Club.

“Part of my role is to attend stroke conferences and then feed back to people on what was reported.”

“Suffering a stroke is devastating for yourself and your family and completely changes your life.

“I had a stroke 13 years ago. I was fit as a fiddle beforehand but since then I have been able to recover thanks to help that was given to me.

“Stroke sufferers need a lot of support, both physically and emotionally, so they are eventually able to help themselves.

“Their carers also need a lot of support for the role they play.”

Ray will be attending a two-day Stroke Club Conference on Thursday September 8 and Friday September 9 and hopes the findings will give more help to stroke sufferers in and around Hucknall and Nottinghamshire.