Wokingham Stroke Club mark founder Ray Eke's 90th birthday
August 02, 2012
A birthday party for the 90-year-old founder of Wokingham’s club for stroke victims went ahead without the guest of honour – because he was busy caring for a friend recently released from hospital.
Ray Eke’s decision to miss his party and devote his time to caring for his friend was typical of his selfless attitude, according to guests at the Wokingham Stroke Club.
Councillor UllaKarin Clark, who helped Ray and John Green transform the former Greenvale Stroke Club into Wokingham Stroke Club when it was in danger of closing, said: “As it turned out, a 91-year-old lady who Ray looks after had a fall and was released from hospital the day before the party.
“Ray being Ray, and always putting other people first, felt that he could not ask anyone else to look after her. Unfortunately therefore, he could not attend his own party!”
Mr Eke’s birthday was honoured by the Stroke Association who sent a citation and guests were entertained by Gille and the Jazz Babes at the party at Dickens Court, Alderman Willey Close.
Mr Eke and Mr Green approached Cllr Clark earlier this year to ensure the survival of the club they founded 20 years ago.
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