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A brief history of Bristol After Stroke

We were founded in 1975 by Professor Richard Langton-Hewer, a Consultant Neurologist at Frenchay Hospital and the first support group was set up there. Then, as now, it was recognised that a stroke can have very serious long-term effects both physically and emotionally. The people behind the new group believed that timely and mutual support, together with expert counselling and advice, could play a big part in the recovery process – enabling those who had experienced a stroke to adjust to their circumstances and improve their quality of life. We become a registered charity in 1983.

The success of that first group quickly led to more being set up, extending our reach to other parts of our area. We have developed and added new services to tackle some of the specific problems which people face.


We now support around 700 people each year with our peer support groups, stroke cafes, short courses, and counselling.

Bristol After Stroke is registered in England and Wales under charity number 287554 at The Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 9JN. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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