This month we were privileged to have Sas Freeman talk to us about the after effects of her strokes and to share some of her story with us. Stroke can be completely life changing and Sas has experienced two strokes, yet has gone on to recover and find the positives in her experience.

Stroke affects 150,000 people each year in the UK, yet stroke charities only receive a tiny proportion of the charitable donations made each year. We’re lucky enough to have the Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove, which aims to provide a warm, friendly and inspiring environment for stroke survivors and their friends, family and healthcare professionals.

Sas’s book, Two Strokes Not Out is a personal experience guide for stroke survivors and their families, and is available from her website,

For more information about the Life After Stroke Centre, visit

NWBL will be supporting the Stroke Association via our meeting donations over the next six months.

If you would like to join NWBL our annual membership is £99, which comes with a range of benefits. The monthly events will remain FREE of charge for members, and we’ll continue to ask for a voluntary contribution of £5 for our chosen charity. Click here to find out more, including details of our upcoming Workshops. Non-Members will be charged £10 per meeting plus a voluntary contribution to our resident charities.

Membership will also include access to the BizSmart SmartRoom, a valuable resource giving you access to downloadable resources to help you grow your business, along with regular specialist webinars and blogs.

As we enter the second year of WBL, we’ll continue to collaborate with organisations across Worcestershire, continue to raise money for local causes, and continue to grow our membership. We do hope you’ll join us at the next meeting on 21st June 2016, from 10am to 12pm at Hogarths Stone Manor.

Blog post written by Andrew Pain, New Starts