Hitchin stroke sufferer’s venue plea

A WOMAN who runs stroke workshops which provide emotional support is searching for a venue to start a new group.

Sue Ross, of John Barker Place in Hitchin, set up Lifegeta last year, a project which addresses the emotional effects of having a stroke after she suffered two at the age of 26.

The 44-year-old, pictured with Denise Welch from day-time TV show Loose Woman at a fundrasing party earlier this month in aid of The Stroke Association, now wants to start a monthly meeting for stroke sufferers.

“After my stroke in 1993 I realise how important support and being able to share and socialise with others is,” said Sue, who has had to use a wheelchair since her double stroke which initially left her paralysed from the neck down.

“I want to start a monthly ‘peer 2 peer’ meeting group – but I’m still looking for a social accessible venue. I want it to be a monthly meeting that’s not only social but where people can share experiences with others that may have been through similar situations. I learnt so much myself through being with people going through similar situations to me, I’d like to be able to do offer that experience for others.

“I learned a lot about myself and through self development courses, counselling, self awareness, and confidence workshops. So I want to be able to offer those as workshops and courses to help personal growth. I truly believe that unless you are emotionally ready, then ‘fighting for you rights’ isn’t going to happen effectively.

“Accessible venues in the Hitchin area are good but a bit sparse, so I hope to arrange a few events that are suitable for everyone.”

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If you can help, email Sue at sueross@lifegeta.co.uk