Members and friends of the Different Strokes charity in Northampton recently enjoyed a private viewing of the film, The Possibilities Are Endless.
The film features Scottish musician, producer and singer, Edwyn Collins, and is “a moving and inspiring” story of how he coped with suffering a stroke.
Mr Collins was the frontman in 1980s’ Glaswegian band, Orange Juice, widely known for their hit, Rip It Up, and his solo hit, A Girl Like You.
His life changed in 2005 when at the age of 45 he suffered two strokes, leaving him feeling dazed and confused, unable to walk, talk or sing.
The Possibilities Are Endless – which was shown privately at The Picturedrome in Kettering Road, Northampton – portrays how, with determination, stroke survivors can achieve a meaningful life after stroke.
Jo Aurora, from Different Strokes Milton Keynes, said she “ felt the film was really powerful, helping with understanding how dark and confusing the first affects of stroke can be”. Mark Goodman, who also attended the screening, said: “It portrayed so well the gradual changes of coming out of a stroke.”
The screening, arranged by Different Strokes Northampton, was one of many opportunities for those affected by stroke to meet together for friendship and support.
Run by stroke survivors, they have weekly sessions on Mondays, offering games, outings, speakers and gentle exercise, such as Tai Chi and Yoga.
In June they will be having a boat trip at Becket’s Park in Northampton and later, a fund-raising short walk at Stanwick Lakes.
Different Strokes Northampton would like to hear from anyone who has been affected by a stroke or knows someone who has, if they need support or companionship.
For further information contact Different Strokes Northampton, which is based at Spencer Dallington Community Centre, in Tintern Avenue, Northampton.
They also have a website – www.dsnorthampton.co.uk and can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org