Robert Halfon MP helps secure £2,000 donation to Harlow Stroke Support and Rehab Centre

A LONG-standing supporter of the incredible work that is done by the Harlow Stroke Support and Rehab Centre, Robert Halfon MP has helped secure a £2,000 donation from a local company-founder to the community group.

The generous donation was made by Mr John Fearon, founder of Harlow-based Astro Lighting, and will help the Harlow Stroke and Rehab Centre (HSSRC) continue their work after the pandemic, looking after residents in Harlow who are on the road to recovery.

Mr Halfon has supported HSSRC for many years and said: “I am absolutely thrilled for all the team at the Harlow Stroke Support Group and for the many residents that they serve.

“Jean and her team of volunteers are incredible people. I have seen their work first-hand on my visits to the Centre and the difference it makes to people’s lives. There is a real sense of community, compassion and, above all, fun.

“This donation is extraordinarily generous. I can’t thank John enough. It just shows how Harlow can come together in times of need. I can’t wait to visit the Centre, once again.”

John Fearon, co-founder of Astro Lighting in Harlow and donor, said: “As the joint founder of a Harlow-based company, I am keen to provide financial support to local voluntary organisations, especially since so many are struggling in these difficult times.

“Robert Halfon helped me identify the Harlow Stroke Support Group as one that does extraordinary work in providing support, advice and non-medical rehabilitation for stroke survivors, as well as supporting their families and friends.”

Jean Miley, Harlow Stroke Support and Rehab Centre, said: “We are very grateful to receive this funding at this difficult time. We hope to re-start our group rehab sessions, in October, and are going to double the amount of sessions, so we can cut the number of people attending each one, and this will really help with running those extra sessions.

“Many of our Stroke Survivors feel they are going backwards at the moment, and we can’t wait to help them go forward again.”

A good news story for Harlow!

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