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Brentwood woman braves skydive in memory of her dad

Press release   •   Jul 25, 2018 13:07 BST

Jennie Marshall, 17 from Brentwood, is braving a skydive to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association, in memory of her father who passed away after a stroke.

Jennie’s dad Martin Marshall had a stroke in May last year and sadly passed away eight days later, aged just 46.

Jennie said: “Dad’s stroke was such a shock, we couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know much about strokes before, now I realise it can happen to anyone at any time.

“Not a day goes by where I don’t think about dad. I wanted to do something to not only raise awareness of the condition, but also vital funds so the charity can continue to do the amazing work they do.

“I’m a little bit nervous but the kind donations from family and friends are motivating me. This is a big challenge for me, but I know that dad will be with all the way. I’ll be so proud once I’ve done the dive, and know dad will be too.”

George Burroughs, Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “A stroke can happen to anyone at any age, at any time and it turns lives upside down. It’s the fourth biggest killer in the in the UK and a leading cause of disability.

“We’re thrilled Jennie is taking on this challenge to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association. Around 1.2 million people in the UK are living with the devastating impact of stroke. With the support of people like Jennie we can help more stroke survivors and their families rebuild their lives.”

To sponsor Jennie, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jennie-marshall00

  • 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