Stroke group use grant for kitchen improvements

Published 26 June 2014

A peer support group for stroke survivors has used a £1,000 WDH Community Grant to finish off a communal kitchen.

Five Towns Stroke Club, which supports stroke survivors living in the Hemsworth, Fitzwilliam, Normanton, South Kirkby and South Elmsall areas, was awarded the funds to purchase equipment for their headquarters based at the Hemsworth Miners Social Club.

The new kitchen includes a cooker, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. It is free to use by local community groups and charity organisations that want to organise social gatherings or carry out fund raising activities at the venue. 

Victor Istead, chairman of Five Towns Stroke Club, applied for the funding after founding the group in January 2012.

He said: “The new facility will mean a lot to a lot of people. When I first started the group we were bringing along utensils to make drinks and it just wasn’t practical. Now we’ve got the WDH Community Grant, the whole community can benefit from a fit-for-purpose room.”

WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer Jane Gwilliam said: “This grant is important to the local area and our tenants. With better facilities in place it’ll ensure more good work continues to take place across the local area.”

Tracy Lucas, Stewardess of Hemsworth Miners Social Club, said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their support in making this happen. It’s been a team effort and lots of people have helped.”

WDH offer small grants for local community and voluntary groups that operate within the Wakefield district.


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