More than 20 stroke survivors and their carers from across Leyland are discovering their musical side by joining a new choir.
The Stroke Association, in partnership with NHS Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group, has organised the singing group, which is made up of people who have been affected by stroke, their families and carers.
The choir launched on Wednesday 5 March and will meet each month at St Ambrose Church on Moss Lane.
More than 152,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK, and it is the leading cause of adult disability. A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. One third of stroke patients will have aphasia, which affects people’s ability to communicate, whether it is speaking, reading, writing or understanding.
Julie Glaister, Information, Advice and Support Coordinator from the Stroke Association, said: “Aphasia has a massive impact on stroke survivors’ lives and some people can find singing is a good form of expression.
“We hope that the choir will help people discover a new talent or rediscover an old one. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an expert, it’s fun and friendly for all involved.”
To find out more about the choir please email contact Julie Glaister on 01772 456 510. For more information about stroke, ring the helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.