A VOLUNTEER who has survived a stroke now plans to help others who have suffered one by setting up a telephone service.
Carolyn Green spent 16 weeks in hospital and was left both fatigued and struggling to communicate after the stroke six years ago.
The 56-year-old continues to recover and said, with "extensive practice", she is now able to read, cook, drive and produce artwork again. She also volunteers for national charity the Stroke Association.
And she has now decided to set up a telephone befriending service for people in parts of Derbyshire who have survived a stroke, along with their families and carers.
Carolyn, of Parwich, said: "Being a stroke survivor allows me to have a greater understanding when supporting and befriending other stroke survivors.
"To hear the people I support growing in confidence makes befriending very worthwhile."
Carolyn works with Sophie Dawson, a co-ordinator for the Stroke Association in north Derbyshire, to provide the telephone service.
Sophie said: "In the future, we hope to extend the support we can offer by also providing online befriending. But Carolyn is truly fantastic. She epitomises life after stroke."
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