|Unsteady As She Goes: Alice leads me through the park|
Thank you for all the marvellous support so far for my sponsored walk in support of The Stroke Association.
Alice and I (assisted by Rachel) will be participating in an in an "all-abilities" walk in Capstone Park, Chatham, in June, one of a number of Step Out For Stroke events going on around the country.
Each Step Out for Stroke follows a course, starting and finishing in the same location, and most are around one mile in length. Depending on your ability you can set your own distance: 10 steps, 100 meters, one mile or 10 laps.
If I can hobble round the circuit once I will be very pleased.
I'm aiming to raise £500, and within the last seven days have almost reached half that already. This is incredible, especially given that health-wise this as been a pretty rough week for me and so my eye wasn't always on the ball when it's come to training and self-promotion.
It's 12 years since I suffered my stroke during an emergency, lifesaving operation at Kings College Hospital in London (after my sudden aneurysm).
While it has left me unable to work, walking with a limp, memory like Swiss cheese, and prone to panic attacks (as well as numerous other fun little side effects), I consider myself lucky.
There are many people who are far worse off than me and they are the ones The Stroke Association can help.
This is the second time I have taken part in Step Out For Stroke, having raised over £1,000 back in 2014, thanks to the incredible backing of friends and family around the world.
As well as the inspiring camaraderie of being with fellow stroke survivors, one of my enduring memories of that walk was the presence of a hyper-active dog, the beloved pet of one of the other walkers.
The hilarity and joy that Bubbles added to the day was certainly one of the factors that played into our decision to get Alice three years ago, and I can't wait for her to join Rachel and I on this upcoming walk.