New stroke group for younger survivors launched in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 16:29 09 March 2018

Symon Corns with Maja, aged 10, and Fraser, aged seven.

Symon Corns with Maja, aged 10, and Fraser, aged seven.

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A new support group for younger stroke survivors has been set up in Weston-super-Mare.

The Stroke Association has launched the Young Strokes group which will provide a place for younger survivors to meet and share their experiences.

There are 5,247 people in North Somerset who have suffered a stroke in their lifetime, with almost 150 dying of the condition in 2016, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The figures show a large number of people who are suffering from strokes in North Somerset are aged between 40-69, with the average age for stroke deaths being 57 years old.

Symon Corns, aged 53, had a stroke in August 2016 while on holiday with his family in France.

The stroke affected movement in the right side of Symon’s body and left him with a communication disability called aphasia.

Symon, who lives in North Somerset, said: “I was on the beach when I had my stroke. I got up to say I was feeling unwell and we really needed to go home when it suddenly started.

“Then I could not feel the right side of my body and could only say the word ‘oui’.

“It has been a long and tough journey, but I am making good progress with my physiotherapy and speech therapy.

“Having this Stroke Association group gives me the chance to meet others who are going through a similar thing to me.

“It is a great place for support, advice and to just relax.

“The thought of going to a support group was daunting at first, but after the first meeting I realised how important it is to have somewhere like this.”

Stroke Association support coordinator Verity Aldous said: “Our new support group will be a much-needed place for local stroke survivors and their families to come together and support each other.

“Strokes are life-changing, but we know the opportunity to meet other people going through a similar experience can really make a difference to the lives of stroke survivors.

“It is hugely important stroke survivors feel supported in their local community and this group can help them on their road to recovery.”

The Young Strokes group will meet from 11.30am to 1pm on the second Friday of every month at The Summerhouse, in Park Way.

To find out more, contact Verity on verity.aldous@stroke.org.uk

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