The Henley Stroke Club was delighted to be presented a cheque for £1470 by Liz Hogkin and David Butler from this year’s Henley Choir Festival yesterday morning.
The club meets every Tuesday morning at the Christ Church Centre on Reading Road between 10.30-12 noon and currently has 20 members along with their carers who enjoy talks, activities and outings as well as a raffle each week. Proceeds from the raffle are given to the national Stroke Association charity. The last Tuesday of the month, the group enjoy a local outing out for lunch or coffee and cake. Yesterday morning Roger was giving a talk on sailing in New England.
The hugely successful Choir Festival in its 9th year saw eight choirs sing at St Mary’s Church their own two pieces and then joined together to sing Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens (or as some musicians call it “Best Pair of Nylons”!) and “Zadok the Priest” (composed by Handel for the coronation of George II in 1727 and sung at every coronation since).
Veronica Townsend, Chair of the Stroke Club said, “We are immensely grateful to Liz and David for organising the festival. We’d like to say thank you so much for thinking of us. It was a lovely surprise when Liz dropped into the club one Tuesday to tell us that this year’s charity would be ours. Part of the money will go towards a summer boat trip which everyone enjoys and we haven’t been able to do every year.”
The club relies on group of 8-10 volunteers. Margaret Peters, secretary at the Club said, “Many of us volunteered when our loved ones had a stroke and have been here for many years. We’ve all made good friends amongst the volunteers and members.”
Liz said, “The Stroke Club was a very personal choice this year as my brother suffered a stroke 2 years ago and my best friend too just recently. The club is a great place for people and their carers to come and have a break, make new friends and support each other. “