Buchan friends set up support group

Brenda Wallace and Wendy Mutch from the new North East Stroke Advisory Service.
Brenda Wallace and Wendy Mutch from the new North East Stroke Advisory Service.

Two North-east women are to set up a support group for people who have suffered aneurysms, brain haemorrhages and brain injuries.

Brenda Wallace and Wendy Mutch, who both live in Fraserburgh, are launching the support network in the new year, having had brain aneurysms themselves.

Brenda suffered three aneurysms within three days five years ago, while Wendy suffered a brain aneurysm at Hogmanay last year. Following the aneurysms, both women had brain surgery.

As well as coming to terms with what had happened, Brenda and Wendy suffered a range of side-effects including sickness and extreme tiredness. Brenda and Wendy became friends when their district nurse put them in contact following the aneurysms.

The support group they are setting up, the North East Stroke Advisory Service Scotland, is to begin work in the new year. The first meeting of the group will be from 2pm to 4pm on January 11 2013 at Fraserburgh Hospital. The group will meet every other Friday.

The support group is open to people who have suffered aneurysms, brain haemorrhages and brain injuries, as well as their carers and families. It is open to all ages.

Commenting, Brenda said: “After the aneurysms, it was such a battle. There wasn’t enough support for our families. We trawled the internet for information.

“Going back to work was important for me but it was really hard.”

Wendy commented: “I didn’t realise how many side effects there would be. There wasn’t enough information out there.”

To kick-start their activities, Brenda and Wendy are to hold a dance on October 27 at the Royal British Legion, Fraserburgh. The event will start at 7pm for 7.30. The money raised will go towards days out for the new support group.

Brenda commented: “There are limited tickets available for the event and we are still looking for raffle donations.

“We would like to thank the British Legion for their support and also Gray and Adams who donated the leaflets.”