Members raise a cuppa to celebrate 25th anniversary of Aberdeen’s Cuppa Club

Members of an Aberdeen club that supports people who have suffered a stroke have been celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Aberdeen Stroke Club, or the Cuppa Club, is for older adults who have had a stroke.

The club organises a range of activities, including bingo, outdoor bowls and group outings.

It allows people who are lonely or isolated to socialise and meet new people by providing social and emotional support by volunteers.

Lead volunteer Mary Harding has been running the club since it began. She said: “I think we have had around 120 people use the group over the 25 years.

“We have had one man coming since the very beginning.

“It is great to reach this milestone as there have been times where we were worried the group might fold because the group dropped to low numbers.

“We now have around 18 people attending.”

Mary, of Banchory, was asked to run the group after becoming a member of the Royal Voluntary Service.

She said: “They had a meeting and asked if anyone wanted to help with a group that supports stroke victims.

“I looked after my mum when she had a stroke so I said I can do that.”

A branch of the Royal Voluntary Service, the group recently held a celebration at Blackwood Housing Association on Midstocket Road, where they meet every Thursday.

They enjoyed a specially-made cake and cuppa to mark the occasion.

Shonagh Ferguson, service manager, Royal Voluntary Service Aberdeen, thanked everyone for their support over the years.

She added: “Our volunteers at Aberdeen Stroke Club have made a fantastic contribution over the last 25 years supporting people who have suffered a stroke.

“Their drive and determination to make the club a success in Aberdeen is truly inspiring, and shows what can be achieved when people sincerely care about the work they do.

“Thank you to everyone involved.”