Survivors spread word on prevention at Tower Hamlets stroke fair

John Cobeley and Irene Pasquine at the East End's Stroke Community Fair

John Cobeley and Irene Pasquine at the East End's Stroke Community Fair - Credit: Archant

People who have survived a stroke met the public in London’s East End to show how to reduce the risk.

John Cobeley and Irene Pasquine at the East End's Stroke Community Fair

John Cobeley and Irene Pasquine at the East End's Stroke Community Fair - Credit: Archant

The survivors were joined by staff from Tower Hamlets’ Stroke Association for events including bric-a-brac and a fund-raising auction and raffle, as well as giving out advice on health care.

Even testing facilities were laid on at the fair held in Appian Court in Parnell Road, Bow, last Thursday.

“This fair was to give information on how to reduce the risk of stroke,” the association’s Shanom Shah explained.

“We also need to raise funds for the charity to continue to be there for stroke survivors and their families.”

Around 13,500 people in London have a stroke each year and 128,000 people are living with its effects, the charity points out.