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New Community Centre and Stroke Association host Community Fair

Press Release   •   Sep 11, 2014 15:49 BST

The Stroke Association’s Portsdown Stroke Support Group is inviting residents to a Stroke Community Fair. The free, public event takes place at the new Hillside and Wymering Community Centre, Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove from 11am to 3pm on Friday 12 September 2014.

Local community groups including the Adventure Playground scheme, Radian, Highbury College, Hillside Youth Club, Smoking Cessation, Community Wardens, Skills for Life, the Carers Centre and Police Service will run stands and talk about their services. Information about local support available for people who have been affected by stroke will be on offer as well as advice on stroke prevention and free blood pressure testing. Participants are also encouraged to relax with a tea or coffee and a cake as part of the charity’s Sip for Stroke fundraising event.

The event will show case the range of fitness and dance classes, health and nutrition training and free weight management available at the new Hillside and Wymering Community Centre. This Centre aims to cater for all; from the baby and toddler group, homework clubs, 11 plus activities and adult learning. There is also a vibrant new IT suite offering free computer drop in sessions, and job clubs as well as structured learning and specific sessions for people with special needs.

The charity the Stroke Association estimates that there are over 4,000 people in Hampshire have a stroke each year and around 36,000 people living with the effects of stroke.

Carly Davey  from the Stroke Association : “Through all the support of our volunteers, service users and staff, we make life after stroke in Portsmouth a reality. Don’t miss this chance to come together and be inspired by the recoveries people can make, learn more about how to prevent stroke and enjoy the wonderful activities we have in our community for people of all ages and stages. Together we can conquer stroke.”

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For further information, case studies, interviews and images please contact Josie Gray on 02380 720 438 or 07932751486.


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 around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. 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