Stroke survivor’s festival in Deddington dubbed a ‘huge success’

Festival organiser Jo Cross (centre) enjoys the party with friends. Photo: Dave Hunt NNL-180925-111247001
Festival organiser Jo Cross (centre) enjoys the party with friends. Photo: Dave Hunt NNL-180925-111247001

A charity festival in Deddington to support young stroke survivors has been described as a huge success by the organiser.

Jo Cross, from Clifton, organised the festival on September 15, to raise awareness of strokes affecting people of all ages having suffered one in 2016 at the age of 36.

Stroke survivors Jo Cross and Louise with friends. Photo: Danielle Walker NNL-180925-111236001

Stroke survivors Jo Cross and Louise with friends. Photo: Danielle Walker NNL-180925-111236001

With help from lots of businesses, fellow stroke survivors and family, Jo managed to arrange everything for the Chances festival in a matter of months.

“Thank you to everyone else who helped in some shape or form along the Chances 2018 journey,” she said.

The total raised is yet to be fully counted but the money will go to Oxford Centre for Enablement, The Stroke Association, Different Strokes.

The private event was so popular that Jo has already decided to do it all again next year but with the public invited this time.

The men got into face painting too! Photo: Annamarie Moody NNL-180925-111144001

The men got into face painting too! Photo: Annamarie Moody NNL-180925-111144001

Eilidh Forster. Photo: Charli Knight NNL-180925-111154001

Eilidh Forster. Photo: Charli Knight NNL-180925-111154001

Holly Watt with her face painted. Photo: Sue Cross NNL-180925-111204001

Holly Watt with her face painted. Photo: Sue Cross NNL-180925-111204001

The comedy glasses were a big hit. Photo: Danielle Walker NNL-180925-111225001

The comedy glasses were a big hit. Photo: Danielle Walker NNL-180925-111225001

The Lilyhammers. Photo: Charli Knight NNL-180925-111133001

The Lilyhammers. Photo: Charli Knight NNL-180925-111133001

Illusionist Ian Souch entertained the visitors with his magic tricks. Photo: Charli Knight NNL-180925-111214001

Illusionist Ian Souch entertained the visitors with his magic tricks. Photo: Charli Knight NNL-180925-111214001