COLUMN: New challenges for Charlotte and me!

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER: Leila Neve and Charlotte 'Photo Ben Parsons
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER: Leila Neve and Charlotte 'Photo Ben Parsons

Hi everyone! How’s your summer been? We’ve been having a wonderful holidays spending time together, helping Charlotte unwind and relax before that wonderful brain of hers goes back to school to start Year 4!

This is going to be a challenging year for her as the work naturally gets more complex but she now has her statement of special educational needs and visual impairment support so I’m sure she’ll thrive in true Charlotte style!

You may remember that earlier this year, Leader Times Newspapers ran a story about the Pendle Stroke Group which was under threat of closure after more than 40 years supporting stroke survivors and their families.

Well myself and best friend Lindsay have taken over the running of the group and we are pleased to say that the group will officially re-open on Thursday from 11am-1pm at Trawden Community Centre and we would love to see some of you there.

We will be shaking things up a little and opening the group up to new members as well as family members and carers.

Our aim is to create a community in which stroke survivors, carers and family members can come together to offer support to and gain support from each other.

In my experience, a stroke can be a very lonely experience but it doesn’t need to be that way.

The first meeting is a get together to meet us, have some cake and a cuppa and see what we can offer.

Over the coming months we will be hosting a range of activities, guest speakers and services.