Shipley Stroke Group members show off art work at exhibition

RACE FOR CASH: Back, from left, Christine Williams, Laurel Raynor and Jasia Czajka. Front, from left, Molly Mae Gibson and Kallie Czajka at the Race For Life in Manningham Park

ARTISTS: Rachel Charlton, Vivienne Ashton Tina Holroyd and Nick Stobart holding pieces of work the group has produced

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

MEMBERS of a closure-threatened stroke support group are staging what could be their last art exhibition.

Colourful creations by people who attend Shipley Stroke Group are4 on show this week at the town's library.

But those running the club, which holds weekly gatherings for stroke sufferers and their carers, are facing a funding crisis and say it could only be a matter of weeks before the organisation is forced to fold.

It has around 40 regular members who meet weekly at Haworth Road Methodist Church in Heaton and annual running costs of £30,000.

The group's funding has been cut by NHS Bradford District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) following a review of all of its commissioning intentions for the next two years.

Co-chairman Helen Galtress said the group had managed to secure the library as a venue at short notice.

"This could be our last ever one as we've had no change of heart from the CCG," she said.

"There's lots of work by stroke group members and lots of different pictures using different techniques."

Meanwhile, staff from Czajka Care Group have been taking in various challenges to raise money for the charity, which is struggling to cover its annual running costs of £30,000.

Daniel Czajka, one of the companiy's HR managers, has raised £110 for the charity by completing a gruelling total warrior challenge - either a ten kilometre or ten-mile run featuring numerous obstacles including swamps and eight foot walls.

His mother Jasia Czajka, his brother’s partner Laurel Raynor and niece Kallie Czajka have raised £100 by taking part in the Race For Life at Manningham Park.

Gillian Butler, senior manager at Czajka Care Group, has organised a sponsored 36-mile bike ride held this Saturday. It will set off from Roberts Park in Saltaire at 10.30am and go along the canal to Skipton and back.

Konrad Czajka, managing director of Czajka Care Group, said: “We are doing everything we can to help the Shipley Stroke Group which is extremely local to us and provides fantastic support to both stroke victims and their carers."

The Bradford District CCG is working with all CCGs in the district and Bradford Council to create a Stroke Information and Support Service for people across the area.

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12:19pm Mon 4 Aug 14

bradfordian says...

We who have had a stroke are not sufferers but stroke survivors. Yeah.
We who have had a stroke are not sufferers but stroke survivors. Yeah. bradfordian
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