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Charity seeks local singers

Press Release   •   Oct 10, 2017 08:32 BST

Anna Bridle (Stroke Association Communication Support Volunteer), Ruby White

The Stroke Association is encouraging people across West Norfolk to discover their musical side and join a new community music and singing group.

The Communication Support Music and Singing Group will be made up of stroke survivors, carers and volunteers. The group will launch on Thursday 9 November and will meet each week at Swaffham Community Centre. The sessions will be supported by Dr Tina Blaber-Wegg from Playing for Cake, a community musician and Singing for Health Practitioner.

There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, and around one third will have aphasia. Aphasia affects people’s ability to communicate, whether it is speaking, reading, writing or understanding.

One stroke survivor who will be joining the group is nonagenarian Ruby White, 93, from Swaffham. Ruby had a stroke in March which left her with aphasia.

Ruby said: “I’m very excited to join the Stroke Association’s music and singing group. Since having a stroke, the Stroke Association have been extremely supportive, and helped me to come to terms with what has happened.

“I’ve always loved music, and enjoy humming along to the radio at home, but I’ve never joined a choir or played an instrument before. When I heard about the Choir, I thought it was an opportunity to have a go at doing something new.”

Gemma Smith, Communication Support Coordinator from the Stroke Association, said: “Aphasia has a massive impact on stroke survivors’ lives and some people can find singing can help with their recovery. We hope that the music and singing group will help people discover a new talent or rediscover an old one. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an expert, it’s fun and friendly for all involved.”

To find out more about the choir please email contact Gemma Smith on 01366 377803 or email gemma.smith@stroke.org.uk. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.

  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
  • Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk