Sajid impressed with Life After Stroke Centre

By Tristan Harris 05/04 Updated: 05/04 11:47

Buy photos » Senior helpline information officer Janine Bennett with Sajid Javid at The Life After Stroke Centre. Picture by Nick Hands 1212006NHR

BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid paid a visit to the country's first ever Life After Stroke Centre, which was opened in the town earlier in the year.

Mr Javid was given a tour of the centre by childhood stroke survivor Stuart Cooper, who also works for the charity as an information officer, and also saw how the centre was making a difference to the lives of local stroke survivors.

He witnessed stroke survivors participating in a Tai Chi taster session and spoke to those employees who had the task of manning the national stroke helpline.

Mr Javid, who also purchased a brick on the Stroke Centre's Honour Wall, said: "I was extremely impressed with everything I saw.

"It's great for Bromsgrove - both in terms of local people in the area who have suffered a stroke and their families.

"It's also a good investment for Bromsgrove and shows how well-linked the town is to the rest of the country.

"That's why the Stroke Association has moved so many of its national services to Bromsgrove," he added.

Anyone wishing to support the new centre can buy a brick by visiting www.stroke.org.uk/honourwall or donate online by visiting www.justgiving.com/Bromsgrovelifeafterstrokecentre

Every year more than 11,500 people suffer a stroke in the West Midlands and, at any one time, there will be over 100,000 people affected by stroke living across the region.

The new centre offers stroke survivors a space where they can now relearn old skills and develop news ones, from mobility and communications therapies to IT and vocational skills.

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