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12-year-old schoolboy takes on fundraising walk for the Stroke Association

Press release   •   Jul 07, 2017 09:27 BST

A 12-year-old schoolboy from Colchester is taking part in a 12 mile walk on Friday 28 July, to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Ollie Vaughan was inspired to take on the challenge after his mother, Tracy, had a stroke in August 2015. Tracy’s stroke left her with sight loss in both eyes.

Ollie said: “My mum has had support from the Stroke Association, and so I wanted to do something to say a big thank you. Last year I held a bake sale and raised over £1,000 for the charity, but this year I wanted to challenge myself even more!

“I want to raise as much money as possible for the Stroke Association so that no other parents have a stroke like my Mum’s. I think that it’s very horrible and unfair.

“I have been training with my Dad and managed a seven mile walk recently. I can’t wait until I do my 12 mile walk, and begin to plan for next year’s fundraising challenge!”

George Burroughs, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association said, “Ollie is truly going the extra mile for the Stroke Association by taking on this walking challenge. Without the efforts of fundraisers like Ollie, we wouldn’t be able to support the 1.2 million people across the UK who are currently living with the devastating effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

To sponsor Ollie, please visit:

  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
  • Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at