Different Folks For Different Strokes

Musical event at The Red Rooms for charity

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A man from Northfields who suffered a stroke is putting on a special music event to raise money for young stroke survivors.

Tom Jenkins, a volunteer for the charity 'Different Strokes', has organised a 60s music night at The Red Rooms on Thursday 2nd July.

Two years ago he had a brain stem stroke following a heart operation and says:

'' At first, I couldn't see, speak or walk but I've made almost a full recovery. I still suffer with double vision, stroke related fatigue and what stroke survivors describe as "brain fog" which can be anything from a general feeling of fogginess to confusion and panic attacks but no lasting damage to my mobility which is the main thing.''

Different Strokes is the only charity in the UK specialising in younger stroke survivors and Tom is keen to raise its profile and get more funding.

He says: '' People generally see stroke as something that affects people of pensionable age but it really can strike at ANY age. A baby can have a stroke and if you can spot the signs quickly enough the better it is. They say the sooner you treat a stroke the more of the person you save. That's true but a stroke will affect the sufferer in different ways depending on where in the brain the clot happens.''

Alongside next week's music event Tom is making use of his lifelong passion for Vespas and Lambrettas and building a custom Vespa to be raffled off at the Isle of Wight international scooter rally in August. All the parts have been donated by scooterists around the country.

Bands playing next week include Galaxy Award winners The Theme, The Get-Go, Doctor Bird and The Transients along with Blues trio "French for ten".

The Ealing Club @ The Red Rooms, 42A The Broadway, Ealing, W5 2NP. Tickets cost £10.

All proceeds will got to www.differentstrokes.co.uk

For more information about the event, email: different2strokes@gmail.com.

Check out www.facebook.com/df4ds for more details

Tickets are available now to prebook or you can buy them on the door.

24th June 2015