MEMBERS of the Henley Stroke Club enjoyed a boat trip on the River Thames paid for
MEMBERS of the Henley Stroke Club enjoyed a boat trip on the River Thames paid for by a member who died last year.
Viv Payne, who suffered a stroke in 1998, died in August, aged 76.
He had been a member of the club for 14 years and requested that instead of flowers, donations be made to the club to pay for the trip.
About 30 members and helpers went on the trip on the Hobbs of Henley boat
The Hibernia. Mr Payne’s son Robert, from Earley, said: “It’s a really nice touch. The days out with the stroke club were so precious to my dad.”
He said his father, who was widowed in 2010, had owned a number of boats over the years.
“When they moved to Henley the river was his life,” said Mr Payne.
“I know the club was a massive part of my dad’s life and it gave him a really good opportunity to mingle with a group of people who were suffering from the same illness.
“He wanted something for the members of the club to remember him by and this was the perfect solution.”
Veronica Townsend, the club’s leader, said the club couldn’t afford a boat trip last year so having one this year meant a lot of the members.
“Viv knew that and that’s why he wanted us to go this year,” she said. “When I told the members they were really happy. Viv is a sad loss to the club and our thoughts were with him while on this trip.”
Jill Waud, whose husband Tony is a club member, said: “I think it’s wonderful. Viv would have really enjoyed today if he was with us.”
Mr Payne was married to Gwen for more than 50 years and she became his carer after his stroke. She died in 2010.