Diane Noble and Suzanne Thomas, from Migraine and Me, pictured with Redrow’s Daniel Stokoe at Abbeyfields, Sandbach.
A peer support group for people who suffer migraines has received a boost from Redrow’s Sandbach Community Fund.
Formed last July, Migraine and Me members meet in Sandbach once a month, offering people the chance to share their experiences and receive support.
A donation of almost £600 from Redrow’s voluntary Sandbach community fund, linked to new homes at Abbeyfields, is helping raise awareness of the group
Diane Noble, from Migraine and Me, said: “One in seven people suffer with migraines and yet there is very little help and support out there. Our group offers a safe environment for fellow sufferers to share their experiences and receive information about coping mechanisms, hear from guest speakers including clinicians and those offering alternative therapies.
“As a migraine sufferer it can feel like you’ve exhausted all possibilities – but there are new things available. Often these are prohibitively expensive and a gamble as to their efficacy – so we want Migraine and Me to be able to offer members a trial of products that they may then wish to purchase if they provide benefit to that individual.
“We are grateful to Redrow for sponsoring our eye masks – they’re a great talking point when we attend health and wellbeing fairs. We also hope to work to educate employers on the effect of migraines and how they can help support employees with it.”
Redrow’s Sandbach Community Fund has seen £10,000 shared between eight local causes. The funding is in addition to community investment agreed as part of the planning process.
Elaine Mounsey, area sales manager for Redrow Homes (NW), said: “A migraine is much more than just a headache and can have a real impact on people’s daily lives, including Redrow staff and customers. It’s one of the most common reasons for short term absence from school or work, with 25 million work or school days lost in the UK each year as a result. It’s great to see people who suffer with the condition offering each other help and support.”