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Stroke survivors plea to save centre
A STROKE survivor has added his support to the fight to save a threatened activity centre.
Stewart Francis, the former head teacher of the prestigious Colchester Royal Grammar School, attends the group for stroke survivors at Abbots Activity Centre in Colchester.
Mr Francis, 75, of West Mersea, said he had benefitted hugely from the centre since suffering a stroke last December.
He said: “The support provided here by Elaine Rogers and her team of volunteers has been outstanding.
“The whole atmosphere is supportive and congenial.
“The centre also allows me to chat with other sufferers and lets me see how extreme many of their situations are and how much they need the help.”
Mr Francis described the centre as “thriving” and urged Colchester Council not to close it.
He added: “How can the council be so lacking in compassion and humanity, and be so mean-minded, as even to contemplate closing an asset of such value to so many deserving people?”
The council is looking to shut the centre saying it cannot afford the £74,000 a year subsidy.
The crunch meeting is due to be held on Wednesday in the Moot Hall starting at 6pm.
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