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Anna Richardson is calling on you to Step Out for Stroke

TV presenter and writer Anna Richardson is calling on stroke survivors, their friends and family to join the Stroke Association to take a Step Out for Stroke. The charity is hosting walks across the country and everyone is welcome.

Step Out for Stroke is a series of one mile walks that are the perfect opportunity for stroke survivors, friends and families to take part in together. For some, it’s a challenge to work towards getting back on their feet. For others, it’s a way to show their support.

Anna Richardson, whose father had a stroke, is supporting and taking part in Step Out. She said:

“I know first-hand the devastating impact that stroke can have. That’s why I’m inviting you to join thousands of the charity’s amazing supporters across the UK to take part in Step Out for Stroke 2018. The great thing about these walks is that you can walk at your own pace and in your own time. So, whether you walk just a few steps or the full mile, you’re doing something truly wonderful to help stroke survivors overcome the challenges of living with stroke and regaining their independence.

“My father, Jim, 76, had a stroke in 2014 when he was at home on his computer. He suddenly felt confused and couldn’t make sense of the letters on the screen or keyboard. He tried calling 999, but was unable to speak properly. Luckily, he was able to stumble to a friend’s house who recognised that he was having a stroke and was able to make the call.

“My first reaction was shock and panic. He’s recovered most of his physical and mental ability now and we treat each day as a win. His speech came back pretty quickly, but he’s been left with weakness down his left side.

“Step Out for Stroke is a fun day out for all the family with lots of other activities on offer.  We hope to that you will take part with stroke survivors from the local community as we celebrate stroke recovery.”

Paul Montgomery, Step Out for Stroke Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time and it changes lives in an instant. For many stroke survivors, Step Out for Stroke marks an important milestone in their road to recovery and seeing them take on this challenge is truly inspirational.”

Step Out for Stroke walks take place across the UK from May to July visit stroke.org.uk/stepout to sign-up to an event near you.

 

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