During his year as Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk (2004-05) Paul Brandon’s chosen charity was the Stroke Unit.

He decided to support the stroke unit having seen around the ward and Paul felt that it had become neglected and was the forgotten part of the hospital with the area looking very drab. He was also conscious that this was the part of the hospital that people stayed for long periods. Paul was very keen to see conditions improve for both patients and staff.

During his year in office many thousands of pounds were raised enabling the day room to be completely refurbished along with other much needed equipment being supplied.

Following such a successful year the Friends were formed to continue the work Paul and his committee had started, with the aim of continuing to improve facilities on the ward for the benefit of patients, their families and staff. 

This has included the purchase of much needed equipment for the ward, such as the Unit’s own wheelchairs to transport patients about and specialist chairs to make life more comfortable for them. Equipment has also been purchased for the gymnasium to help the occupational therapists aid patient’s recuperation. Funding has also been provided to refurbish the nurse’s station enabling better control of drugs and making the area more pleasant to receive enquiries about patients. 

The Friends also fund information packs that are provided to all new patients, their families and friends. These packs aim to assist during a stay on the ward and contain helpful information for the return to the community. Over years fund raising has continued and has provided a continuing improvement to the ward facility’s for patients and staff, only last year (2013 -2014) we gave over £11,000.00 worth of equipment, staff training and many other small item that make life better for our patients and staff.

In our 2014 to 2015 financial year the aim has been to donate £10,000 towards establishing a TIA Clinic on West Raynham Ward helping those suffering mini strokes. Plans for this now well under way and we are soon to present a Cheque to the Chief Executive. 

2015 is our tenth birthday and we have many events in the pipeline so please have a look at the Events Page. 

Fundraising and the needs of the Stroke Unit is an on going task. If you would like more information about the work and the fundraising activities of Friends of the Stroke Unit or even better would like to join us, your support will be much appreciated.