BARNSLEY could lose a a grant worth thousands that would have paid for free rehabilitation sessions for locals recovering from a stroke - because no patients have signed up for it.

Michelle Griffiths, who runs Mind, Body and Spirit, based at Shaw Lane Rugby Club, was granted £9,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for various classes, including ME and MS rehabilitation, but no-one has taken up those for stroke patients since the project started in September.

She said: "It's such a shame because the money allocated for it will have to go back unused. I can't understand why it's not been taken up. I don't know if people in Barnsley don't know about it but I'm sure there is a need for it.

"My mum had a stroke when she was 38 and it took her years to walk again. She says if this kind of thing had been available for her when she went home, it would have been great."

The yoga teacher visited GP surgeries, Barnsley Hospital and Mount Vernon Hospital, to put up leaflets and posters about the classes but there has been no response.

The classes would help anyone who has had a stroke to learn how to cope with everyday tasks at home.

"It could be anything from making a cup of tea and not knocking it over, loading the washer, to going shopping or walking the dog. It can be so frustrating to do the simple things like brushing your hair or standing up."

Patients can be referred for the free classes, twice weekly for 12 weeks, by their GP or physiotherapist.

Call Michelle for a referral form on 07789 037427.