Barbara Cheetham, 63, will tackle a 190 mile sponsored walk across the Cumbrian fells, Pennines and Yorkshire Moors, in memory of her father, Dr James Chestnutt on Thursday 12 May 2016.
Dr Chestnutt was 58 when he had his stroke in August 1996, just a little while before Barbara was due to get married. Barbara postponed her wedding for six months to give her father some focus to recovery, but sadly the stroke severely affected James mobility of his right arm and his speech.
Barbara will be joined by her brother, David, 67, and two other friends, to undertake the 190 mile Wainwrights walk, that sets off from St Bee’s Head, Cumbria to Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire, and raise vital funds for charity.
Barbara said: “I’ve been fundraising for the Stroke Association for over 15 years and I am an active member of the Southport Fundraising Group. I’ve always been interested in fitness and I am very active, so when my brother mentioned taking part in the Coast to Coast challenge, it was a no brainer to choose to raise funds for the Stroke Association.
“Before my father passed away, he had tremendous help after his stroke and had an amazing life, as my mother was very determined to show that there is life after stroke. Our aim is to raise awareness of stroke, as well as funds to help support other people affected by this devastating condition.”
Louise Lawless, Community and Events 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 who can raise funds and help us to conquer stroke. We’re really grateful to Barbara and her friends and family for organising the sponsored walk in memory of their father James. The money raised will help us to fund vital research, support people affected, and prevent stroke.”
For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.
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