Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Martin’s Story

martinMartin is someone who has benefited from our work following a stroke and now volunteers in several care services groups including PREP.

Martin says he benefited greatly from attending the PREP programme but when he completed the programme was “in the pits” because he didn’t know what the future would hold. Beth Vance, who is the Care Services Co-ordinator in his area, spoke to Martin about how he was feeling and suggested volunteering but he was hesitant. After some thought, he decided to give it a go. Martin says he finds it uplifting to see people in NICHS care services groups improve and reach their goals with the support of staff and volunteers. He feels he now has a purpose in life and would encourage anyone considering volunteering to “give it a go, as I’ve never looked back and can honestly say volunteering saved my life!”