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​Spalding couple celebrate 50 years of marriage by raising funds for the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Nov 02, 2016 12:06 GMT

A Spalding couple have celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary by raising over £650 for the Stroke Association, after their son had a stroke.

Shirley and Albert Storey, both 80, invited guests at their 50th anniversary party to donate money to the charity, as their son Chris had a stroke at the age 47 in May 2015. Chris was supported by the Stroke Association throughout his recovery, initially while he was living in Leeds and then in Lincolnshire when he returned home.

Shirley said: “Chris had a major stroke which led to a devastating level of disability. We thought he might never be able to do simple things again. At the time, he couldn’t even swallow. But he’s astonished everyone with his recovery and returned to work in December last year. He does still struggle with his balance and gets more tired.

“The Stroke Association has been a huge help to Chris during his recovery and so we were inspired to raise funds for the charity. We’re so pleased we can use our Golden Wedding anniversary as an opportunity to help other families like ours get the support they need.

Shirley and Albert celebrated their wedding anniversary and both their 80th birthdays at Spalding Weston Village Hall, where they were joined by around 65 family and friends.

Shirley added: “We had a lovely evening with music and dancing, and we’re very grateful to everyone who donated money to the Stroke Association. We’re so pleased with the amount raised.”

Joanne Burr, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Shirley and Albert for supporting the Stroke Association. Without the efforts of fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to support the 93,000 people in the East Midlands who are currently living with the devastating effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

The Stroke Association provides a Family & Carer Support Service in South Holland and Boston, in partnership with Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups.For more information call the Helpline on 0303 3033 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 around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is one of the largest causes of 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