Stroke survivors hit the surf at Croyde

Stroke Association surfA group of stroke survivors in North Devon experienced the thrill of surfing at a special session organised by the Wave Project and the Stroke Association last month.

The surf sessions at Croyde Bay were part of the ‘Active Lives After Stroke’ project funded by the National Lottery and Sport England to help stroke survivors to stay active.

The five participants were supported by surf instructors from Surf South West and a group of Wave Project volunteers, using the latest adaptive equipment. This included an adaptive surfboard and beach wheelchair to aid their mobility and ensure that everyone enjoyed their experience in the sea safely.

For 75-year-old Peter Fackrell it was the first time he had been in the sea in 30 years. After a heart attack and a stroke he thought he would never get in the water ever again.

But with the help of the volunteers and support from the RNLI he managed to get on a surfboard and bodysurf the waves in – even catching a wave on his own at one point.

Ian Bennett, Wave Project North Devon co-ordinator, said: “Everyone involved had an amazing experience. The smiles on the faces and the hoots of laughter said it all. Everyone who was involved – participants and volunteers – can’t wait to do it again.”

 

Stroke Association, Croyde