Stroke survivors sing their way to recovery

A GROUP of stroke survivors have found their voice as they make their recovery.

Members of the Stroke Association’s Easington Singing Group have written their own song, entitled Proud Memories, which they performed in front of friends and family as they helped mark Action on Stroke Month.

ON SONG: Members of the Stroke Association's Easington Singing Group peforming their song.

ON SONG: Members of the Stroke Association's Easington Singing Group peforming their song.

The choir was formed in October with the aim of helping stroke survivors express themselves with music and build their confidence.

They have worked alongside the learning and development team at Beamish Museum and enjoyed informal sessions singing along to their favourite songs.

As members have strong links with the mining heritage in the area, leaders say they have particularly enjoyed singing traditional songs and composed their original piece around a colliery theme, which was then recorded at a nearby studio.

Deborah Churchman, stroke recovery co-ordinator in Durham who runs the group, said: “All the stroke survivors involved with the group have overcome cognitive, emotional and physical barriers, to achieve something which they can be extremely proud of.

All the stroke survivors involved with the group have overcome cognitive, emotional and physical barriers, to achieve something which they can be extremely proud of.

Deborah Churchman, stroke recovery co-ordinator in Durham

“A few members of the group had communication problems after their stroke but found that they could sing words which they couldn’t speak.

“Being involved with creating the song has helped them to feel included and enabled them to engage in social interactions within the group.”

There are about 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are more than 1.2million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.

The association works alongside stroke survivors and families and carers, health and social professionals, scientists and researchers to offer support.

It also campaigns and funds research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing strokes.

More details can be found on Action on Stroke Month via www.stroke.org.uk.