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Bournemouth stroke survivor takes a Step Out for Stroke in Poole Park

Press release   •   Jul 21, 2017 12:41 BST

A local stroke survivor from Bournemouth is set to take part in the Stroke Association’s Step Out for Stroke event in Poole Park on Sunday 10 September.

Mark Stepin, 57, from Dorset is taking part in the charity’s event alongside his wife Mary, a year after having a stroke. Mark’s stroke left him with difficulties with his balance and spatial awareness.

Mark said: “At the time of my stroke I was busy with work, and didn’t realise the feelings I was experiencing were related to being unwell. When I was told I’d had a stroke, I couldn’t believe it.

“My two beautiful grandchildren were my biggest motivation to get better. I knew that I needed to make big lifestyle changes to take care of myself, and since having a stroke I’ve quit smoking, I don’t drink and have raised my fitness levels. My eldest granddaughter will be joining me for the walk!

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Step Out for Stroke. It’s a nice feeling to join other stroke survivors and their loved ones to help conquer stroke.”

Jayne Hughes, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Step out for Stroke is a fun walk that everyone can be part of, no matter what your age or fitness level. We’re hugely grateful to Mark and Mary for joining this year’s event.

“We’re inviting the whole community to come to this fun day out and help us make it an event to remember. Our Step Out for Stroke events mark a milestone for many stroke survivors taking part, and it’s an event that the whole family will enjoy. Everyone taking part will be joined by hundreds of people across the UK who are walking to raise vital funds for everyone affected by stroke.”

To find out more about Step Out for Stroke visit www.stroke.org.uk/stepout

  • 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 www.stroke.org.uk