Support services for people in Dudley affected by strokes have received a welcome boost courtesy of a local building society.
Customers at the West Brom on High Street voted for Dudley Stroke Association to receive a £500 grant as part of the company’s Community Counts scheme.
The money will go towards funding activity groups and social events for stroke patients and carers throughout the borough which are regularly organised by Dudley Stroke Association.
These include exercise groups held at the Dell Stadium, coffee mornings and sessions for people experiencing communication difficulties as a result of having a stroke.
Anne Adams, Dudley Stroke Association’s Trustee and Founder Member, said: “Some 500 people a year in Dudley suffer a stroke and we attempt to make contact with them while they are in hospital and on discharge to see how they are managing.
“A stroke will have an inevitable impact on a person’s physical and psychological wellbeing, which is why the Association is a vital source of support and guidance. We are extremely grateful to the West Brom and their customers for this generous donation.”
Established in 1987, Dudley Stroke Association is an independent charity providing advice, support and information to people and their families after a stroke. It also works to raise awareness of the causes of strokes, the signs a stroke may be occurring and the lifestyle factors that can influence the risk of having one.
A current focus is transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs), also known as mini strokes. While symptoms may only last a matter of hours, a TIA is still a medical emergency and an indication that a person could go on to have a stroke.
The West Brom’s Community Counts initiative is providing all of the building society’s 37 branches with their own £1,000 pot to share between three local good causes.
Customers have the final say on how the money is split. In Dudley, people also chose to provide Crossroads Care and the disability charity KIDS with £250 each.
West Brom Branch Manager Harj Dosanjh said: “We really believe in supporting the community and the good causes that do so much to improve the lives of local people. It has been a privilege to spend time with the various charities our customers have decided to support and I know the donations we are offering will be put to tremendous use.”