STROKE survivors and their carers from Basingstoke showed off their incredible achievements to the community at a special open day.

During the event, hosted by the Basingstoke Stroke Group, survivors showcased their artistic achievements, poetry, exercise programme and their beautiful garden outside Carnival Hall, in Council Road.

Basingstoke MP and Minister for Disabled People Maria Miller, as well as borough mayor Councillor Martin Biermann and his wife Chansopha were among those who attended.

Mrs Miller said: “It was a privilege to attend and hear about the fantastic work the volunteers here are doing to help stroke survivors and their carers in the Basingstoke area.

“This sort of voluntary group plays such an important role in giving people the help they need to regain confidence, get involved in social activities, and share their experiences with others.

“I am full of admiration for the courage of the stroke survivors and their carers, and also for the dedication and hard work of the volunteers who make this support group possible.”

Staff from Hampshire County Council, hospital staff and members of the local community also visited the Basingstoke voluntary group, which meets weekly.

The stroke group offers activities such as exercise sessions, art therapy, peer-led conversation, gardening, pottery, a social group, carers’ group, film group and golf group.

The event was one of more than 200 activities across the UK for The Stroke Association’s first Action on Stroke Month.

Paula Wibrew, Stroke Association co-ordinator for the Basingstoke area, said: “It was wonderful day and a great way to show what stroke survivors can achieve.”