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​Cambridge daredevil takes the plunge for the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Aug 19, 2015 09:56 BST

March resident Aimee Cook will be taking the plunge from 13,000 feet on Wednesday 26 August, to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Local hairdresser Aimee, 26, is taking part in the charity skydive at Wimblington skydive centre, in memory of her Nan Joan, who passed away in 2013. The impact of stroke both on Joan and her family inspired Aimee to raise funds for the Stroke Association and take on the challenge.

Aimee said, “My nan had a stroke a few months after we sadly lost my grandad. Nan had such amazing care at the hospital, and also the care home she lived in before she passed away. Seeing the devastation stroke can cause motivated me to take part in a skydive for the Stroke Association. The support it gives survivors and their families is fantastic, and I want to help the charity support everyone affected by stroke.”

George Burroughs, regional fundraising manager at Stroke Association, said: “There are around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s one every three and a half minutes. We’re so grateful to our incredible supporters like Aimee. Through their amazing fundraising efforts, we can be there for even more families affected by stroke. We wish Aimee all the luck with her skydive.”

To sponsor Aimee, please visit www.justgiving.com/Aimee-cook3

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 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