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Tuesday, 10th March, 2020

BH Stroke Support Group secretary/treasurer Bev Starkey and president Carol Kelland are encouraging anyone seeking support after a stroke to join their group. PICTURE: Emily McInerney BH Stroke Support Group secretary/treasurer Bev Starkey and president Carol Kelland are encouraging anyone seeking support after a stroke to join their group. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

The Broken Hill Stroke Support Group is looking for new members and carers who may need support and some social fun.

They meet on the last Friday of the month at the Centre for Community in the ‘green room’ from 11am to noon.

President Carol Kelland said it wasn’t just survivors of stroke but carers who were also welcomed.

Mrs Kelland joined the group when her husband Graham had a stroke and was looking for support.

Fellow member and secretary/treasurer, Bev Starkey, who suffered a major stroke 23 years ago at the age of 58, started having transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) in her 40s.

Mrs Starkey is one of two original members left in the group, which was formed in July 1999 with about 12 to 15 members.

“We’re always looking for members, we’re a very small group,” Mrs Starkey said.

“We lost some members over the years and we’re all getting older.”

The first meeting of the group was held at the hospital before they found their way to the Centre for Community.

“We’re a social and support group; we can’t offer advice on medication but if people need aids - we can help with that,” Mrs Kelland said.

Over the years, the group has raised money to help provide support for stroke survivors and the group’s members.

“We are also there to laugh and joke and just offer support,” Mrs Starkey said.

“The friendships we have made last a lifetime and go beyond the group.

“If people are interested or have any questions they can come along and see what support is available.”

The group go on outings and have luncheons. An advertisement runs in the BDT on the last Friday of the month to remind people when and where they meet.

“A stroke can hit anybody at any time,” Mrs Starkey said.

“There’s no such thing as a little stroke, they are warnings of a major stroke.

“No stroke is the same, it affects people in different ways.”

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