Hitchin stroke survivor hails support group success

A STROKE survivor has said the response to her fledgeling support group has been “absolutely brilliant”.

The Comet featured Hitchin resident Sue Ross in December when she was searching for a venue to host her Lifegeta Peer to Peer Group.

Following the appeal, Hitchin Town Football Club has offered free use of its Canary Club to house the group, which supports those who have acquired life-changing conditions.

Sue suffered two strokes at the age of 26 so decided to set up a monthly meet to help those who find themselves in similar situations.

“When I was looking for a venue I knew I wanted somewhere social, accessible, and a physically non-challenging environment,” said the 45-year-old.

“I wanted to provide a 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 offer that experience to others.”

Sue has held two monthly meetings so far which she says have built upon what she has achieved in past workshops.

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“The response has been absolutely brilliant,” she said.

“With the Lifegeta workshops that I was doing there was a need for people to talk to people who had been through the same sort of thing. The progress that has been made with people that have been coming has been fantastic.”

Michael Hills, who runs the Canary Club, added: “I wanted to help Sue with her Lifegeta venture as I feel that it is unique in helping people find their way.”

Lifegeta Peer to Peer Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month. The next meeting will be held this Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm, with a �2 admission to cover costs.

For more information about the group email sueross@lifegeta.co.uk