A STROKE survivor has been honoured after clocking up 20 years of voluntary service for charity.
Peter Lowe, 64, from Chester, had a stroke 22 years ago which affected the movement in his left hand side and he was told he would never work again.
Two years later, the former warehouse manager was introduced to the Communication Support Service by the Stroke Association and agreed to become a volunteer to help others who had experienced a stroke.
Now the service is celebrating its 20th anniversary and Peter has been a volunteer throughout.
He said: “I get a real buzz from seeing how much I can help others. By supporting stroke survivors with aphasia, it’s wonderful to see people open up in different ways.
“While every stroke is very different, the fact I’m a stroke survivor myself means I am able to understand what others are going through from first-hand experience.”
Peter was presented with a cake and a card at a celebratory party, complete with a magician to entertain the group, to recognise his dedication to the charity.
The party was held at Upton United Reformed Church, where the group meets each fortnight, and was attended by members of the group and the Stroke Association team.
Emma Brunes, communication support coordinator at the charity, said: “Peter has shown wonderful dedication to the charity and it has been a great pleasure honouring him for the support. We couldn’t be more grateful.
“The event gave us an opportunity to celebrate the difference he makes every day to the lives of stroke survivors and their families.
“Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Their knowledge, experience and support help stroke survivors make the best possible recovery.
“They enable us to raise more money to continue the work of the charity and also help us to raise awareness of stroke in our local communities.”
Peter also helped to set up the Chester and District Stroke Club 14 years ago, which meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Chester Deaf Centre and provides stroke survivors with an opportunity to meet socially.