On the 26th April 2020 I'll be taking on all 26.2 miles of the London Marathon (eek) for the Stroke Association.
23 years ago, someone close to me suffered a major stroke. She was only 34, a fit, healthy mother of two young children and pregnant with a third. This meant the usual medication could not be given due to the risk to the baby. She was left completely paralysed on one side, and couldn't speak or even sit up in bed on her own.
Drs told her she may never walk again but the Stroke Association were on hand immediately to offer support. They gave her hope and encouragement that with hard work & physiotherapy things could improve. Eventually she was able to walk and talk again but unfortunately left with significant weakness on her left side.
The Stroke Association relies on donations to continue the great work of investing into research and rebuilding lives after strokes. The UK annual research spend per stroke patient is £48, compared to £241 per cancer patient and £118 per dementia patient, yet it's the second biggest killer in the world.
Hence why I’m taking on the challenge of the London Marathon to raise support and awareness for this great charity.
Every donation makes a difference so please give what you can, and I very much appreciate your support :)
When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. Life changes instantly and recovery is tough. But the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community. With more donations and support from you, we can rebuild even more lives.