The Mayo Stroke Support Group has received generous support through the efforts of two local women who participated in this year’s West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon held in Castlebar in May.
The Stroke Support Group, which is a voluntary group, supported by the HSE and local Heart & Stroke Charity, Croí, provides an invaluable resource to many individuals affected by stroke in Mayo, and their families and carers.
Speaking at the cheque presentation, Niamh Murtagh, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stroke, Mayo General Hospital, said, “There are many families in County Mayo who have experienced stroke and live with the experience daily, and we are very grateful for the support both Patricia McDonnell from Swinford and Natalia Mulroy from Westport have shown in running the mini-marathon to raise funds on behalf of the Mayo Stroke Support Group.”
Launched in 2010, the Stroke Support Group aims to facilitate social activities; provide information; raise awareness; and offer support and advice on living with stroke, to its many members. The Support Group continues to hold monthly meetings on the last Thursday of every month alternating between Castlebar and Ballina.
The first meeting of the autumn schedule entitled ‘Emotional Health after Stroke – challenges and resources’ will take place on the 26 September from 11.30am to 1 pm in the Castlebar Tennis Club.
Welcoming the new programme of meetings, Croí Nurse, Ailish Houlihan said, “A Stroke Support Group provides vital support and activities for those affected by stroke. Many stroke survivors will identify with feelings of isolation, and fear of the future, that can follow after they are discharged from the hospital.
“The Mayo Stroke Support Group provides a meeting place for people to come together and share experiences, and access information and advice on living with stroke.”