|With Alice in charge we don't always go in a straight line...|
This is it. The big day is just over a week away. Next weekend Alice and I (ably supported by Rachel) are taking part in an "all-abilities" sponsored Step Out For Stroke walk in Capstone Park, Chatham.
One of a number of events around the country, it aims to both raise needed funds for The Stroke Association and awareness of the work they do.
We've already surpassed my initial goal of raising £500 and, at last count, have now made over £600 towards my new, optimistic, target of £750.
So a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and helped spread the word of my fundraising.
The incredible support I've already received already from friends, family, and strangers at home and around the globe, has helped buoy me up enormously.
Every Step Out for Stroke walk 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 realise a mile may not seem like much of a distance to many people, but for me these days it will be quite a feat.
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.
Stroke Association research has the ultimate aim of making stroke a preventable and treatable disease, and improving the quality of life for people affected by stroke.
The findings from this research are crucial in the search for new ways to:
- prevent a stroke happening;
- find new, or improve existing treatments for those people who have a stroke;
- understand how the brain works and changes after a stroke.