Members of Dover Stroke Club received a £4,600 boost from Dover Rotary Club at a lunch meeting attended by Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke. The money was raised at a popular event organised by Rotarian John Hunnisett at Dover Town Hall.
The presentation of the £4,600 cheque, by retiring president Barbara Stapleton, followed a talk by Stroke Ambassador Amber Garland who explained she was a 19-year-old student at university when she suffered a stroke. Ten years later she is still recovering. Her recovery was partly thanks to the help of a Stroke association.
Receiving the cheque was Peter Groombridge, chairman of Dover Stroke Club, that meets regularly at The Ark. The club was established in 1979, closed down and re-started in 2015. Mr Groombridge, who has suffered a stroke, explained the club provides a social outlet for those unable, or find it difficult, to take part in normal community activity. He urged other stroke victims to join the club.
The meeting, at The Leaf/Ramada, Whitfield, was the final one chaired by President Barbara who was about to hand over the presidency to Rotarian David Fisher. The Stroke Club was her selected charity.