A STROKE charity has launched a 'DIY SOS' style appeal for assistance from Bromsgrove businesses to help its dream kitchen become a reality.

The Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove is putting together a new drop-in room to benefit stroke survivors, carers and their families in the community.

A fully-accessible kitchen will be part of the room at the Church Lane centre but the charity needs firms and tradesmen to help build it with donations of time and equipment.

While the Stroke Association and the wider community has managed to raise some money to construct the room, the kitchenette still requires two new units, a fridge, sink, flooring and trade experts to help wire and fit the area.

Nicola Miller, activities coordinator at the centre, said: “For a while now, we have wanted to create a drop-in room which local stroke survivors, their families and carers can access during the week, not just when activities are running at the centre.

"This room is for the centre users and will play a crucial role in transforming us from an activity centre into a community.

“We are determined that the new room and kitchen area will be fully accessible for anyone with physical and/or sensory impairments.

"We want everyone to feel safe in the space and a fully accessible kitchen will mean everyone can make refreshments independently.

“We would be so grateful if there are any kitchen fitting businesses or local tradespeople that can help with kitchen units, laying floors and plumbing and electrical work.

"The centre is a lifeline for many people in the community and our new room will go a long way to help more stroke survivors rebuild their lives after stroke.”

The drop-in room will also have a resource library and will provide a safe space for groups, while staff and volunteers can also use it to support stroke survivors in the community.

Anyone interested in donating to the new drop-in room can call the Life After Stroke Centre on 01527 903903 or email Nicola Miller at Nicola.miller@stroke.org.uk

The Life After Stroke Centre is the regional headquarters for the Stroke Association.

It provides life-changing services for stroke survivors and their families throughout the region.