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A STROKE survivor has raised over £1,000 for charity with his watercolour paintings of Knowle.

Mike Humphries was devastated when he was struck down by a stroke in 2009 which left him with limited use of his right hand and forced him to leave his job as an exhibition designer.

Mike Humphries was devastated when he was struck down by a stroke in 2009 which left him with limited use of his right hand and forced him to leave his job as an exhibition designer.

But, with the help of the Stroke Association and a local art group, Mike learned to paint using his other hand and now has a hundred watercolours of his hometown.

“It was only after the stroke that I started doing artistic drawings,” he said.

“I suddenly had to stop working, the art was therapy. I would go round the village taking photos and drawing from them.

“Some people just down tools and that’s it after a stroke. But if people can be shown there is another side to the coin, that’s good. It’s all down to your condition and how you approach it.

“The Stroke Association were the people I turned to, there wasn’t anyone else. I was very grateful.”

To thank the Association for their support, the 68-year-old turned 12 of his best paintings into The Knowle Society’s 50th anniversary calendar which raised around £1,100 for the charity.

“I’m still surprised by its success, I never thought they’d be so popular,” he added.

Sophie James, regional fund-raising manager for the Stroke Association, said: “The funds Mike has raised will help improve the lives of the 100,000 stroke survivors living in the West Midlands and over a million stroke survivors across the UK. I would like to thank Mike for sharing his talent for art, The Knowle Society for their support and also all those who purchased the calendar.”

 

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