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Burnham septuagenarian walks 268 miles in memory of his wife

Press Release   •   Jun 12, 2017 10:40 BST

A Burnham resident is walking 268 miles over 22 days to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Mic Hall, 76, was inspired to take on the Pennine Way trail in Scotland, after his wife Joy had a stroke in 2007 and sadly passed away in 2016. Mic began his walk on Thursday 1 June and will finish on Thursday 22 June.

Mic said: “When my darling wife Joy had a stroke we didn’t know what hit us. The Stroke Association’s voluntary carer group provided me with so much support, information and advice, as well as the invaluable opportunity to socialise with others in the same situation.

“Over the years we learned to adapt into our new family life, all the way supported by the Chiltern Stroke Club, and we couldn't be more thankful for this.

“A year ago we lost my beloved Joy. Through the heartache of losing my best friend, the Chiltern Stroke Club have still been there for me. I wanted to take on this challenging walk to give something back to everyone who has supported me.

“I am not young at 78, but I give it my all! This is not an easy walk as it has substantial inclines to negotiate, but I know Joy will be with me every step of the way.”

Natalie Bettinson, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “With more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, it’s vital that we have people like Mic to help raise vital funds. The money raised will go a long way in helping to support people who are living with the effects of stroke and their families and carers, as well as helping to prevent people from having a stroke.

“We will be cheering Mic on as he makes his way across Pennine Way.We know the Chiltern Stroke Club can’t wait to hear about his adventure.”

To sponsor Mic, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MicHall

  • 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