Andrew Hough, the Buckinghamshire MCF Charity Representative, recently visited the national charity Different Strokes which is based in Milton Keynes.
Andrew was there on behalf of the MCF to present a cheque for £5,000 to assist them in their work. Different Strokes aims to support and improve the lives of younger stroke survivors. Historically, stroke support has focused on those over the age of 65, but every year 25,000 people of working age and younger suffer a stroke. Often, they receive limited rehabilitation, emotional and practical help which they need to rebuild their lives. The organisation seeks to help in a variety of ways including exercise and peer support groups, practical information on matters such as benefits and returning to work. They also offer an information line and collaborate with other organisations which champion the voice of the stroke survivor.
Austin Willett, Strategic Business Manager for Different Strokes commented:
“We’re really grateful to the Buckinghamshire Freemasons for the grant they have given us. This will allow us to continue to provide quality services to younger stroke survivors and their families at a time when they most need help. As a charity that relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to fund our services, it’s fantastic to know that the Freemasons recognise the impact of our work and are so supportive towards us.”
Andrew is pictured with Jo Aurora and Austin Willett from the charity.
For more information on Different Strokes, visit their website here.