A MAN has told how he was inspired to raise charity funds after recovering from a stroke.

Graham Brayne, 52, has organised a fundraising night at Oswestry Cricket Club on Saturday (September 15) for the British Heart Foundation and Severn Hospice.

Mr Brayne, of Llynclys, had a stroke around three years ago which affected his movement and speech.

"It sort of puts things into perspective, especially when you're around the 50 mark; you do think about things a bit more," he said

Mr Brayne, who works in property maintenance and landscaping, has recovered well from the minor stroke - although he does have some movement issues in his left arm.

Mr Brayne was also inspired to hold the event to thank Severn Hospice for the excellent care staff provided to Eric Fardoe, his partner Julie Sanderson's father, who died of cancer around two years ago.

Ms Sanderson's sister Carole Hughes also died of cancer that year.

The fundraising evening will feature music from Lost the Plot and close-up illusions from Magic Martin.

There will also be a hog roast, disco and a "Name the Teddy" competition.

Mr Brayne thanked all the businesses that have donated raffle prizes, which include an executive box at a Manchester United game.

Tickets are £15. For more information, call Mr Brayne on 01691 839 402.