Success After Stroke has two main biennial fundraising events. The Carol Service, held at the Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford and the BrushStroke art exhibition held at St. Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury.
In addition, we hold smaller events from time to time, often inspired by the members, their families and our volunteers. Examples include; climbing Mount Kenya, a charity football match, fun runs and the proceeds from refreshments at an open garden event.
Viv’s High Five Challenge
Dear SAS Member, Volunteer and Supporter,
With Covid-19 curtailing our fundraising efforts this year, we have been thinking of ways to help maintain our reserves. Whilst our twice-weekly meetings together with the art and pottery groups have necessarily been suspended, our therapists continue to offer group classes using the Zoom app and we are issuing weekly news bulletins to help maintain contact with our members. In addition our volunteers are making sure that as many members as possible are supported with telephone calls.
For those who know nothing about SAS, very briefly, we are a Suffolk based charity which provides social, health and well-being support to stroke survivors and their families. Through our team of professionally qualified therapists and dedicated volunteers we aim to help our members regain their confidence and rebuild their lives.
In normal times, as well as group meetings where we offer physiotherapy, mental well-being, speech and language therapies we also offer other activities including social outings, guest speakers, art and pottery classes. For more information please visit our website, www.successafterstroke.org.uk or find us on Facebook, Success After Stroke, Reg Charity: 1115016.
We rely on donations and our own fundraising to provide our much needed and highly valued post stroke care and support services.
PLEASE SUPPORT AND HELP us by carrying out a CHALLENGE of your own making and donating £5 or a multiple of £5 to SAS, then ask 5 others to carry out their own challenge and the circle should increase quite quickly. SAS members and volunteers please try not to send to other members so that our Challenge does not come to a full stop.
The important thing is to keep it simple. We do not require proof of participation, but it would be fun to know what you have done. There will be a post on the SAS Facebook page, go to Facebook and look for Success After Stroke, Reg Charity: 1115016 and you can comment on the post about what you have done, or send an email to [email protected].
To donate to Viv’s Success After Stroke High Five Challenge, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/successafterstroke (and please leave a message with your donation, or put ‘Viv’s High Five Challenge’) or send a cheque to Success After Stroke, The Stevenson Centre, Stevenson Approach, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 0WD.
There are so many things you could do as your challenge, but here are a few ideas;
* Walk or jog 5 metres, 50 metres or 5 km.
* Make some ‘portrait’ cupcakes that resemble your own pet or other animal.
* Complete 5 jigsaws.
* Have a home cinema sofa evening with a choc ice, probably not 5 of them though! There is a £5 entrance fee of course, donated to Success After Stroke!
* Paint, draw or make a collage of the view from a window in your house.
If you would prefer not to take up the challenge, we would urge you to pass the idea on to five of your friends and family, but please still donate £5 to Success After Stroke. The essence of the idea is simply to help Success After Stroke keep thriving in these difficult times.
My husband, Geoffrey, and I have set ourselves the challenge of walking 5 km, five times and we will both be passing it on to five others. Either that, or I have to keep silent for 50 minutes. I think I will walk and talk!
Good luck one and all!
Thank you in advance for your kind support.
Viv Bourne, Trustee
The BrushStroke Festival of Art 2020
In early March, 2020 Success After Stroke held one its two biennial fundraising events, The BrushStroke Festival of Art. Both the Preview Evening and the Members’ Coffee Morning were very successful, thank you to all who attended and supported Success After Stroke.
The exhibition looked fantastic and huge thanks go to Elizabeth Alston and her committee who worked tirelessly to produce the exhibition. Success After Stroke would also like to thank all the artists who exhibited and also our own, absolutely wonderful, Art Group led by Marnie Bragg. The standard of the art produced by the group gets better and better.
Sadly, the exhibition closed earlier than planned due to the impending Covid-19 lockdown, but the funds raised are helping to continue to support the members of Success After Stroke whilst we are unable to meet in person.
Despite the closure of our regular meetings, Success After Stroke is holding twice weekly exercise classes and Speech and Language groups via the Zoom App. We are also keeping in touch with our members and volunteers through weekly news bulletins and our wonderful volunteers continue to support our members by phone.
Carols by Candlelight 4th December 2018
In December 2018, Success After Stroke held its popular biennial fundraising event, Carols by Candlelight. The evening was a great success, with the audience listening to the wonderful music from St. John’s Voices Choir of Cambridge University, readings from Terry Waite, members and volunteers together with a wonderful rendition of ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ performed by Success After Stroke members.
Success After Stroke would like to thank The Rev’d Matthew Lawson and Patrick and Jane Kohler of The Holy Trinity Church, the organising committee and all those who gave up their time, sponsored pages in the programme, bought tickets or who donated on the evening to make this a remarkably successful event. Thank you.
The next Carol Service will be held in December 2020.