Guernsey Stroke Association’s new minibus a lifeline for stroke patients

May 10th, 2013 by Guernsey Post Ltd.

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Rabeys Garage present the minibus keys to Mrs Anne Smith, President of the Guernsey Stroke Association, who is with the GSA secretary and Treasurer, and the sponsors of the minibus (click image to expand – image courtesy of Guernsey Post)

The Guernsey Stroke Association (GSA) was delighted to take delivery of a new minibus from Rabeys Garage, which was purchased with donations made possible from tireless fundraising efforts of its sponsors.

The state-of-the-art bus, which is equipped to accommodate stroke patients of all abilities, will help provide a lifeline for stroke patients throughout Guernsey.

Anne Smith, President of the GSA, said that it would not have been possible to purchase a new bus without the fundraising efforts and generosity of its sponsors which included Guernsey Post, Mourant Ozannes, and a large number of Guernsey residents and local businesses.

“The Association was in desperate need of upgrading its bus but it simply didn’t have the funds to do so.”

“Fortunately thanks to our kind sponsors, word spread amongst islanders.”

“I am overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity.”

“Without the bus, many of our patients would never leave their home so it provides vital support to both stroke patients and their families,” she said.

Guernsey Postmen Paul Wakeham and Steve O’Connor, sponsored by Guernsey Post’s Supporting Together charity initiative, heard of the GSA’s plight and rode 2012 miles each to raise money and awareness of the Guernsey Stroke Association.

Together the postmen raised £7,481 towards the purchase of the mini bus.

“We are thrilled to have been able to contribute towards the purchase of the minibus. The task we set ourselves was not easy but the support we received was terrific.”

“We wanted to increase the community’s awareness of the invaluable service this local charity offers its patients and so we distributed collection boxes across the island,” Paul Wakeham said.

Guernsey resident Kevin and Cathy Boscher invited guests to a birthday party and asked them to make a donation to the GSA instead of buying gifts.

The couple were delighted with the generosity of the donations from their family and friends, which raised £4,121 for the Guernsey Stroke Association.

A seven strong team from Mourant Ozannes, braving the cold waters of the English Channel, raised £3,693, by embarking on a relay swim from Guernsey to Jersey.

Mark Torode, Partner at Mourant Ozannes, said “the swim was exhausting but rewarding. Knowing that we were contributing to the welfare of Guernsey Stroke patients made it worthwhile.”

Local Author Tina Guilbert donated the proceeds from the first issue of her four children’s books about a local crab and his friend the Ormer. Ms Guilbert raised over £1,000 for the GSA.

“The GSA is a wonderful charity very close to my heart. I am so pleased that I was able to contribute towards this superb new bus which will help so many islanders,” Ms Guilbert said.

Andy Bodsworth, supported by his employer HSBC, raised almost £1,000 running the Guernsey Marathon, and Waitrose made a kind contribution.

The GSA would like to mention the legacy that was left to the charity by Mr Don Edwards who was a long standing member of the GSA.

He attended the charity for many years – long after his recovery from a stroke.

“He would have been extremely proud of the new mini-bus,” Mrs Anne Smith said.

Please contact Mrs Anne Smith on 265046 if you would like to learn more about the Guernsey Stroke Association and how it might be able to help you,


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