Bob Awarded British Empire Medal!

BEM MedalLocal voluntary sector legend, Bob Bryant has been awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of his efforts in setting up the country’s largest independent stroke group, The Lets Go Club.

Bob founded the club 17 years ago and has campaigned tirelessly for patients and the disabled. Bob said, “I am really truly honoured to accept this on behalf of the stroke club and other disabled people in this borough. My name is on the medal but without the help of people all over Halton I would never have been able to achieve so much.”

He also paid tribute to his wife, Carol, saying: “Without her, I’d have been dead. When I was first poorly, she took a year and a half off work. “The commitment she has given, it should be her name on this medal.”

Rob Green, Chairman of Halton Community Radio said, “Bob has richly deserved this outstanding award for the wonderful service that he and his totally volunteer colleagues have done to assist stroke victims and their carers. I feel sure that I speak for not only the team at HCR, but also the whole borough when I say how pleased and proud we all are of Bob.”

Chris Carlin from Halton & St Helens VCA said, “I’m so pleased for Bob, He’s a man of integrity and does a great deal for his community. He’s always put the people of Halton first.”

Chris’ colleague Matthew Roberts added, “Bob is a wonderful bloke. We’re so proud of him. He’s the kindest man I know. He truly deserves this award.”

Bob continues to be a voice for patients as a lay member on the board of Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, which now looks after NHS services across the borough.

Fired with energy and enthusiasm, Bob provides practical help and organises outings and holidays for more than 200 members of Let’s Go as well as raising thousands of pounds.

Friday 5th April – Grand Opening for Club Caravan

The unexpected Spring snowfall scuppered our plans to launch the official Let’s Go stroke Club caravan a few weekends ago, but we’re delighted to announce that the Opening Ceremony has been re-arranged for this Friday (5th April).

Halton’s Mayor, Councillor Tom McInerney will be joining us at midday on Friday to formally  welcome Club members as they view the caravan for the first time.

The caravan is 40 ft long, fully accessible and Disability Discrimination Act compliant static caravan, which includes a sizable wet room. It will be situated in Dyserth, near Rhyl, famous for it’s extensive quarrying remains, its waterfalls, railway line which is now a footpath, and mountain (Moel Hiraddug).

Here are some photos of the caravan in action:

A comfortable place to rest your head.

A comfortable place to rest your head.

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A view from the outside

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There’s plenty of room on the balcony/walk way.

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A chance to catch up on a bit of telly.

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Fully accessible shower.

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Plenty of room in the hallway for Bob.

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Lovely kitchen area.

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This photo gives you a nice feel for the size and comfort of the caravan.

Congratulations to Steve!

SteveAll of us here at The Let’s Go Stroke Club would like to send our congratulations to Steve Warren, who’s raised a phenomenal £490 (so far) for the club.

Steve is walking all 84 miles of Hadrians Wall from Newcastle to Solway Firth to raise funds for the club.

He is only £10 shy of his target of £500. Please follow the link below and help Steve get over the finish line.

http://www.justgiving.com/SteveWarren

Thanks Steve!

The Let’s Go Club Thank Fundraisers & Donors

The Let’s Go Stroke Club has been on the receiving end of some extremely generous donations! We are very grateful to the following groups/individuals who have helped the Club to make a difference in Halton:

- Thanks to the Knights of St Columbus for making a donation of £500.

- Thanks to Widnes Vikings for allowing us to have a bucket collection outside the Stobart for a recent Vikings game. We raised £350.

- Thanks to Halton Crafters for making a donation of £233.

- Thanks to Steve Warren for his extraordinary fundraising efforts. Steve is walking all 84 miles of Hadrians Wall from Newcastle to Solway Firth to raise funds for the club. If you’d like to sponsor Steve, simply follow this link: http://www.justgiving.com/SteveWarren

Saturday 23rd March – Open Day to View Let’s Go Caravan

It’s another exciting development for the members of the Let’s Go Stroke Club.

The club has purchased a 40 ft long, fully accessible and Disability Discrimination Act compliant static caravan, which includes a sizable wet room.

The caravan will be situated in Dyserth, near Rhyl, famous for it’s extensive quarrying remains, its waterfalls, railway line which is now a footpath, and mountain (Moel Hiraddug).

The Let’s Go Club are arranging an Open Day (on Saturday 23rd March) at which club members will be able to visit the caravan and see it for the first time. The club will be providing free transport on the day (though places will be limited and distributed on a first come first served basis). If you’d like to claim a seat for the free transport, please speak to Bob at the club night on February 13th.

Blackpool Trip & Christmas Hamper Time (Again!)

The Let’s Go Club enjoyed a superb trip out and about last week.

Club members spent last Thursday enjoying the terrific shops and cafes at Boundary Mill Shopping Centre (near Blackburn) before heading over to Blackpool to enjoy the world famous Blackpool Illuminations (which for 2012 looked more spectacular than ever).

“We had a really lovely day” said Chairman Bob Bryant. “The Illuminations were brilliant. It even stopped raining for us! And the trip to Boundary Mill allowed Let’s Go members to get some early Christmas Shopping in.”

Speaking of Christmas, the time has come again for Club Members and local residents to (once again) show how extraordinarily generous they are by donating items for the famous Let’s Go Club Christmas Hampers.

If you would like to donate items, please take them to Bob’s house. If you have any questions at all, feel free to give Bob a call on (01928) 572587.

Let’s Go Club Celebrates 16th Birthday Party!

It was Sweet 16 for the Let’s Go Club as we celebrated our 16th Birthday at the Stobart Stadium last week.

Our patron Derek Twigg was joined by the Mayor & Mayoress of Halton (Cllrs MacInerney) and around 200 club members for a lovely evening of superb food, great music and great company.

The highlight of the evening was when our Chairperson, Bob received a Life After Stroke Award 2012 (on behalf of the Club) from a representative of The Stroke Association. Well done Bob!

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Party. We hope you enjoyed as much and we did and we look forward to seeing you at the next Club Meeting on Wednesday 12th September.

For more information, please call Bob on (01928) 572 587.

Here are some photos from the Party:

Bob addresses the crowd.

Bob receives the Life After Stroke 2012 award from The Stroke Association.

The Mayor cracks a few jokes at Bob’s expense.

Our Patron, Derek Twigg MP joins Bob to cut the cake.

The Mayor & Mayoress join Bob & Derek Twigg.

Cllrs MacInerney along with Derek Twigg and Bob.

The Mayor performs the all important raffle duties.

Robert from The Stroke Association

Brian Cartwright and Debbie Pitt

Anne and Julie Cartwright

Davina, Alan and Theresa

Sylvia and Barry Heaps

Mr and Mrs Jackson

“The Ecclestone Drive Mob”

Doreen Reddican

John, John and Nancy

Mr and Mrs Malvina

“Wally’s out of his cupboard” – Mr and Mrs Tickle

Mr and Mrs Johnson

Elsie Douglas alongside Mr and Mrs Murphy

Elaine Peterson and Teresa Ainsworth

Ruth, Pauline and Anne

The Ball Family

John, Elan and Mr & Mrs Cook

Betty Mitchell and George Lake

Russ Morrison

Jean Bates

Brian Cartwright (again)

Michael and Barbara Lindon

Our Sponsor, Mike Sherwin with club members

Colin Reddican sorts out the raffle

Karen and Roy White dancing the night away!

A lovely photo of the room

Club Members enjoyed a wonderful evening at The Stobart Stadium