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Our History

We were founded as a charity in 1975 by Professor Richard Langton Hewer, Consultant Neurologist at Frenchay Hospital. Stroke Groups have always been an important part of our service.

The first group was set-up at Frenchay Hospital and others quickly followed. Over the years, our groups have responded to need and new groups are regularly set up where a need is identified.

Another key part of the service is our free counselling service. Many clients over the years have given testimony to the role counselling played in their recovery.

Currently, BASF has approximately 200 new clients referred to us each year and at any one time we are supporting approximately an additional 250 existing clients.

We are an independent, local charity and are funded from a variety of sources including local authority and NHS funding, trust fund grants, community fundraising, donations and legacies. We depend on the generosity of many people to be able to maintain our support to people affected by stroke.

If you wish to help, there are a number of ways that you can help to raise funds for us »
Every little bit helps.

Leaflet advertising first Stroke Group in 1977 (click on picture to enlarge):

Leaflet advertising first Stroke Group in 1977