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​Worcester fundraiser stages concert in memory of wife

Press Release   •   Apr 09, 2018 14:38 BST

Local fundraiser Charlie Hodges is inviting Worcester residents to attend a concert on Friday 20 April at St Peters Baptist Church, to raise funds for the Stroke Association and Worcester Stroke Support Group.

Charlie, 75 from Worcester, lost his wife Margaret to a stroke 14 years ago. He started fundraising for the Stroke Association when he asked for donations for his 70th birthday rather than presents. He then sadly lost his mother Betty to a stroke in 2013 and has supported the Stroke Association ever since.

From 7:30pm, the concert will include performances from vocalists Debbie Miles and Matthew Long, along with street dancing from Beatbreakerz School of Dance. Guests can also enjoy tea and cakes during the evening.

Charlie said: “The Stroke Association is a wonderful charity which helps so many stroke survivors across the UK to adjust to their life after stroke. I’m hoping to see lots of people at the concert, which is set to be a great evening and will all help to raise vital funds for a very important cause.”

Claire Weaver, Community and Events Fundraiser for the Stroke Association, said: “There are around 1.2 million people in the UK are living with the devastating impact of stroke. We’re incredibly grateful to Charlie and his team of helpers for their continued support for the Stroke Association and for organising the concert.

“A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it turns lives upside down in an instant. With the support of people likeCharlie we can reach out to more stroke survivors and their families as they rebuild their lives.”

Tickets cost £10. For tickets and more information, please contact Charlie Hodges on 01905 421324 or 07791 56081. For more information about stroke, visit www.stroke.org.uk or call our helpline on 0303 303 3100.

  • 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