Open Event at The Phoenix Stroke Club

One of the many activities enjoyed at The Phoenix Stroke Club

The Phoenix Stroke Club is holding an Open Event on Saturday 8 June for anyone interested in finding out more about the charity. The club was set up 45 years ago and located in the grounds of Forest School. It now provides support to over 60 stroke members every week. The Open Event will give … Read more

Volunteer Cook Required For Phoenix Stroke Club

Pauline Roadley

A volunteer cook is required for the Phoenix Stroke Club on Wednesday lunchtimes. The role involves choosing a menu, ordering the food, preparing and cooking the meals and then tidying up.

Pauline Roadley has been a volunteer cook on Tuesday club days since 2015. She enjoys providing a freshly cooked meal for stroke members as well as being part of the volunteer team.

Pauline Roadley in the kitchen

Pauline said: ‘Our stroke members are always grateful, and I receive thanks every week for the food I prepare. I love being part of the club and there is plenty of support from other volunteers when I need it.  You do not have to be a cordon bleu chef. This role is fantastic for someone who enjoys cooking and wants to give something back.’

Stroke member Paul said: ‘The freshly prepared lunches are a real highlight of the day for me. I enjoy the variety and the wholesome food, as well as sharing a mealtime with other stroke survivors.’

Renata Bielinska, Club Supervisor added: ‘We pride ourselves on being a friendly, fun and supportive club. We are a unique charity with only one member of paid staff. It’s our valued volunteers who provide the day-to-day service to the stroke members.’

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£3,800 raised for Phoenix Stroke Club

A 14 mile sponsored walk, organised by Linda Florey from Forest Community School, raised £3,800 for The Phoenix Stroke Club.

Linda, who works in the Reprographics Department at Forest Community School, was inspired to  raise vital funds for the charity as its clubhouse reside in the grounds of the school. A total of 23 people joined the walk including Forest School staff, friends and trustees of The Phoenix Stroke Club.  The walk started in the village of Amberley, went over the South Downs into Arundel and dropped down to follow the river Arun all the way back to Amberley. 

Don Burstow, chair of The Phoenix Stroke Club, who completed the walk said: ‘It was wonderful to see so many staff members and friends associated with Forest Community School involved in the sponsored walk. It was a great day out and I can’t thank you all enough. A special thanks to Linda for organising the event and to all those people who sponsored me and didn’t think I would complete it. You spurred me on!’

Linda Florey added: ‘We had a fantastic walk and it was great to see so many Forest staff, friends and trustees of The Phoenix Stroke Club taking on the whole 14 miles. We even had a few 4-legged friends that joined us. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated to this brilliant cause so far and well done to Don for raising over £2,100 of our total.’

If you would like to make a donation please visit and search for Linda Florey.

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£1,300 raised at Phoenix Stroke Club Quiz

Quiz Night Winners

Over £1,300 was raised at a recent quiz night held in aid of the Phoenix Stroke Club. The evening was organised and hosted by the Onwards and Upwards Group. These stroke members meet every Thursday at the club to rebuild their confidence and communication skills. The members spent weeks planning for the evening including devising … Read more

Student winners announced for Phoenix Stroke Club art competition

Two students from The Forest School have been announced as winners of The Phoenix Stroke Club Art Competition.  Jamie Stapley won first prize and Amber Hollis second in a competition to create an image of a phoenix using materials and format of their choice. The Phoenix Stroke Club is based in the grounds of The … Read more

£500 donated to The Phoenix Stroke Club

Following a sell-out Christmas party, the Milestone Big Band has donated £500 to The Phoenix Stroke Club in Horsham.

After a three-year gap due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Milestone Big Band was back performing its annual Christmas fundraising party at the Drill Hall, Horsham in December. Each year the band holds a raffle and this year selected The Phoenix Stroke Club as the recipient of a significant proportion of raffle ticket sales.

Attending the event were Lesley Niven and Don Burstow, trustees of the charity. They gave a short talk about how the club supports over 50 stroke club members from Horsham and the surrounding areas.

Commenting on the night, Lesley said: ‘We had a great evening of dancing and music, and we are delighted the Milestone Big Band chose to make this generous donation to The Phoenix Stroke Club.’

Mike Wilson, Musical Director of the Band said: ‘We could not have raised so much money without the huge generosity of so many local organisations who donated prizes for the raffle. These include The Gin Kitchen, Watermill Jazz, Inner Art Studios, Tina Glynn Therapies, Lavender Lime, and Dorking Halls, as well as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the 99 Comedy Club in London.’

Kathryn Shackleton from Watermill Jazz said: ‘We were very happy to donate a raffle prize to support the Milestone Big Band and The Phoenix Stroke Club, to raise funds for a cause that is so close to the hearts of so many people.’

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Members and volunteers from the Thursday Communication Group

Chris Tarrant opens refurbished and extended Phoenix Stroke clubhouse

Chris Tarrant opens extended Phoenix Stroke Club

Chris Tarrant, former presenter of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, officially opened the extended and refurbished building for Phoenix Stroke Club. The club, based in Horsham, provides support to over 50 stroke survivors every week across West Sussex. Over £325,000 was raised to pay for the building and landscaping work. The extension means more … Read more