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Cambridge daredevil to scale Mount Kilimanjaro for Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Jan 08, 2016 12:44 GMT

A Cambridgeshire travel agent is embarking on a mammoth hike to the top of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Huntingdon resident Ian Fleming, 61, is hoping to raise £3,000 for the Stroke Association in memory of his father who had a stroke.

Ian will begin his challenge on Thursday 11 February 2016. Ian said: “Both my father and mother- in-law had very serious strokes. The comparison of support available from when my father had his stroke in 1986, to when my mother in law had a stroke in 2012 is huge..

I’m raising funds for the Stroke Association to help other families affected by stroke to get the support they need. The charity does so much to raise awareness of this terrible condition. My training has been going very well and I’m now starting to really look forward to the hike.”

George Burroughs, 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 like Ian who can raise funds for people affected by stroke. We’re very grateful to him for taking on this incredibly brave challenge.”

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For more information, please contact Daisy Hythe-Clayton, PR Officer South on 0207 940 1358 or email

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