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CDC Chairman announces his official Charities
The recently-installed Chairman of Cotswold District Council, Cllr Sir Edward Horsfall, has chosen two local charities which will receive his official support over the next two years – Gloucestershire Young Carers and The Stroke Association.
Gloucestershire Young Carers works with children and young people who have a caring responsibility for a family member. The charity provides a county-wide network of support for these young carers and helps ensure that service providers understand their needs and respond appropriately. In the Cotswolds, there are branches in the north and south of the district supporting almost 70 young carers.
The Stroke Association has local support groups in Cirencester and Stow-on-the-Wold and there are 500 in total across the country. They bring together people affected by strokes and provide them with the opportunity to share experiences, learn from one another, and enjoy a range of activities together.
Commenting on his choices, Cllr Horsfall said: “I was keen to focus on helping both young and older people in the district. I felt that these two charities were doing wonderful work and would benefit from my personal support, especially if it leads to them gaining more financial help.
“The Young Carers are a shining example of how people under 25 are making a tremendous contribution to the wellbeing of their families. They deal with issues such as disability, mental illness, and alcohol and substance abuse, and they are in need of support, training and the occasional respite to help them cope with these demands.
“Every five minutes, someone in the UK has a stroke. It happens in an instant and can change lives forever. The Stroke Association plays a vital part in the recovery process by enabling those affected by strokes to talk about their experience and meet others who have been through it and can help. The local groups deserve greater recognition for the way in which they help restore confidence by enabling people recovering from strokes to exercise and take part in many fun activities together.”
Cllr Horsfall is planning a number of functions to support both charities during the next two years and is hoping that many people across the district will join him in helping to provide a financial and morale boost for these two admirable groups.
For more information about Gloucestershire Young Carers see www.glosyoungcarers.org.uk or contact 01452 733060.
More details about the Stroke Association can be found at www.stroke.org and you can also find out more by calling the stroke helpline on 0303 303 3100.
: 28/06/2012 11:10:55
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