Long-time local group treasurer Alice Edmunds has received lifetime membership of the Stroke Association of NSW.
Tamworth Stroke Recovery Support Group president Gwen O’Neill said about 20 members were there for the ceremony.
“Deep down she was tickled pink because she has done quite a lot for the stroke group here in Tamworth – but she doesn’t like to have a fuss made of it,” Mrs O’Neill said.
“But, I think deep down she was really chuffed, especially because it was the NSW Stroke Association.”
Mrs Edmunds suffered a stroke in 1993, at a time when the treatment of stroke was entirely different from today’s research and knowledge.
Once she recovered, she joined the Tamworth Stroke Recovery Support Group and has worked tirelessly in promoting the association and helping with its fundraising activities.
The group provides support to people and their families, friends and carers who have been afflicted by stroke.
It offers a supportive environment for people to share their experiences and knowledge about stroke and it provides oportunities for group activities, social therapy, companionship, outings and education.
The Stroke Recovery Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm in the rehabilitation conference room at Tamworth hospital. The first meeting for this year will be held on February 20.
Mrs O’Neill said the group was planning to go to Broken Hill in May for its annual group holiday.
She said they also had a monthly bus day trip somewhere around the North West. “We welcome anyone who’s had a stroke or their families to join us,” Mrs O’Neill said.