Forever Manchester funded JIGSAW stroke group in Bolton invited us down to their Christmas party.

With over 100 in attendance, the day hosted a great singer Kenny Stephens, who had the group singing and dancing and remembering old times.

JIGSAW helps people who are survivors of strokes as well as their families, friends and carers.

They invite the stroke survivors to them twice a month alongside a member of their family or someone close to them, so they can talk to other people in the same boat.

54-year-old Sheila had a stroke when she was just 51 and has noticed a huge change in herself since attending. She’s gone from not having the confidence to walk on her own or talk to others to driving on her own again, which is an incredible transformation.

Her husband, Dave said: “As a carer, JIGSAW means I can meet other people who are carers. It’s not just Sheila it affects, it’s the whole family. This group helps me, because it helps Sheila. It’s like being part of an extended family.”

The Christmas party was a great hit with the attendees, with a great spread laid on and laughter in the air, it was great to see so many people who are victims of strokes so happy and so full of life – the way they should be!

From all at Forever Manchester, Merry Christmas JIGSAW and all of the other community groups we’ve supported this year.

If you would like to donate to something similar to JIGSAW’s Christmas Party, support our Surviving Winter appeal.