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Buckfastleigh resident urges the community to step out

Press release   •   May 29, 2014 12:16 BST

Tracey Kibby, 34, from Buckfastleigh, Devon is calling on residents in Plymouth and the surrounding areas to take part in the Stroke Association’s Step out for Stroke event on Saturday 07 June at2.00pm at The Hoe, Plymouth. The fundraising walk is part ofAction on Stroke Month, where the Stroke Association aims to promote stroke awareness and prevention as well as raise vital funds for the charity.

Tracey became a Stroke Association supporter after the death of her mother in 2007. She explained: “My mum’s stroke was caused by AVM (arteriovenous malformation). This means her blood vessels were tangled, and in 2007 they burst, causing a massive bleed on the brain that she couldn’t recover from. Her death ripped our family’s world apart – she was only 47. It’s heart-breaking to think that thousands of families go through a similar experience every day.  

“We hope as many people as possible can join us as we Step out in memory of our mum, and raise vital funds for the Stroke Association along the way. The charity’s fantastic work is very close to our hearts. It’s our hope that, one day, the funds we raise could help people just like my mum make a good recovery.”

Jackie Southon, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association said: “Stroke happens in an instant, but for stroke survivors and their loved ones, it effects can last a lifetime. Far too many people don’t understand it and many don’t think it will happen to them. We believe everyone affected by stroke should get the support they need to make the best possible recovery.

“We’re inviting the whole community to come to this fun day out in Plymouth and help us make it an event to remember. It is a milestone for many stroke survivors taking part, and is an occasion the whole family will enjoy.”

To register to take part in the Plymouth Step out for Stroke event or to find out further details, call 0207 940 1342.

To sponsor Tracey, visit her just giving page

Action on Stroke Month 2014 is supported by Legal & General. To find out more, 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 around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult 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 we’re leading a community of people to change the world for people affected by 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