Two brothers have completed a 133 mile run on the North Downs Way, from Farnham to Dover, to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.
Simon and Fred Manning were inspired to take on the challenge in memory of their grandmother who had a stroke in 2004.
With the support of their family and friends they were able to complete the route in six days, raising nearly £2,000 for the charity.
Simon, 29, a PE teacher from Caterham said: “The challenge was definitely harder than I expected, but I really enjoyed it. An hour after finishing the run, my wife’s waters broke, and the next morning our first daughter, Felicity, arrived. It’s been a few days I’ll remember forever, for more reasons than one!”
Fred, 26, a physiotherapist from Croydon said: “We know as a family how devastating stroke can be, and that’s why we wanted to do something to support other families like ours. It was great to do the challenge with my brother; together we were able to support each other. Our older brother, Charlie, also joined in on the last day too. Not only did we beat our £1,000 fundraising target, but we also welcomed a new member to our family!”
Robert Hope, Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, said: ““With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes - it is vital that we have people who can raise funds for people affected by stroke. We’re incredibly grateful to Simon and Fred for taking on this challenge; the funds they’ve raised will go a long way in helping to support people who are living with the effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”
To support the brothers and the Stroke Association please visit www.justgiving.com/fredandsimon
The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people to make the best recovery they can; and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visitwww.stroke.org.uk.
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 around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is one of the largest causes of disability. 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