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Charity Chief Executive takes on Virgin London Marathon for her cause

Press release   •   Apr 24, 2019 10:31 BST

Juliet Bouverie, 50, Chief Executive at the Stroke Association from West London,is taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April 2019 to raise funds and awareness for the charity she leads.

Like millions of others in the UK, Juliet has experienced first-hand the devastating impact stroke can have and is passionate about raising awareness and funds in her professional and personal life.

Juliet said: “Sadly my Grandmother died of a stroke and my late partner John, died of a brain tumour, so I know only too well the devastating effect stroke and brain injury can have.”

“Stroke really does turn lives upside down and it is still the single biggest cause of complex adult disability in the UK. I am proud to be leading a charity that provides life-changing support and research, yet we are only able to support 6% of the 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK. We could be doing so much more but we desperately need public donations to help us grow our reach and increase our impact on stroke survivors, their carers and families.”

Juliet, who has been Chief Executive at the Stroke Association for just under three years, will be running in her first ever marathon.

She added: “I am not an experienced runner and probably never will be, so this is going to be a tough challenge for me. The thing that will get me to the finish line is the thousands of stroke survivors who despite their stroke still go on to do amazing things every day. I feel honoured and privileged that I can do my bit.”

Sarah Ward, Regional Fundraising Director at the Stroke Association, said: “There are around 100,000 strokes every year in the UK and 1.2 million people in the UK are living with the devastating impact of stroke. We’re so grateful to Juliet, for taking on this famous challenge to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association - we’ll be cheering her and all our other runners on to the finish line.”

“A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it turns lives upside down. However, with the support of people like Julietwe can help more stroke survivors and their families as they look to rebuild their lives.”

To sponsor Juliet please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julietbouverierunsthemarathon

If you are available on Sunday 28 April and would like to join the #TeamStroke cheer squad, please email: londonmarathon@stroke.org.uk.

There are two cheer points located at:

  • Canada Square – Canary Wharf
  • Tower Bridge Road

Any amount of time you can spare on the day to support and motivate the amazing runners, would be greatly appreciated.

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For more information, please contact: Ken Scott on 0115 7788429 or ken.scott@stroke.org.uk

Notes to editors:

When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. It happens every five minutes in the UK and changes lives instantly. Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community and the generosity of our amazing supporters. We’re rebuilding lives after stroke.

We’re here to support you to rebuild your life after stroke. If you need information or just want someone to talk to, call us on 0303 3033 100 or visit stroke.org.uk