Honour for Bridlington volunteer, 84

Margaret Walker with Wayne Goodwin from the Stroke Association
Margaret Walker with Wayne Goodwin from the Stroke Association

A volunteer has been honoured by the Stroke Association for an outstanding 25 years of support to the charity during Volunteers’ Week 2016.

Margaret Walker, 84, from Bridlington, has a quarter of a century of volunteering for the charity under her belt, supporting many stroke survivors in the local area.

Margaret is a volunteer at the Stroke Association’s Communication Support service in East Yorkshire, attending the monthly Bridlington group which supports stroke survivors with speech difficulties.

Margaret works alongside the local charity coordinator to build up stroke survivors’ confidence and help them to find their voice again.

The group meets at North Bridlington Library where stroke survivors take part in quizzes, games and meet other people who have been affected by a stroke.

Margaret said: “I was inspired to become a volunteer for the Stroke Association after I met a lady through my job at Marks and Spencer, who started up the service in Bridlington. I said I’d volunteer when I retired, and I kept to my word. It’s incredibly satisfying to help people and I come away from the group each month with a wonderful feeling.”

Margaret was presented with flowers and a certificate to recognise her dedication to the charity at an event at the North Bridlington Library, which was attended by members of the support group and the Stroke Association team.

Sally Welch, communication support co-ordinator at the Stroke Association, said: “Margaret has shown wonderful dedication to the charity and it has been a great pleasure honouring her for her invaluable support. We couldn’t be more grateful for the difference she makes every day to the lives of stroke survivors and their families.

“Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Their knowledge, experience and support help stroke survivors make the best recovery.”