A young stroke survivor from Dunmow, Essex, is marking a milestone in her recovery by taking on the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run to raise vital funds for the charity.
Vicki Hewlett, 21, had a devastating stroke in July 2015. Vicki’s stroke was caused by a patent foramen ovale (PFO), a trapdoor-like flap in her heart that can cause blood clots, which lead to strokes. The stroke left Vicki with left-sided weakness, and as a result she had to give up her job as a horse riding instructor. Fortunately Vicki is now making a good recovery and has regained movement in the left-side of her body.
Vicki is now planning to take on the Stroke Association’s 5km Resolution Run with her mum Diane, after she was supported by the charity during her recovery.
Vicki said: “After I was discharged from hospital I didn’t know what to do. The Stroke Association’s helpline was a life saver. It was so reassuring to know that there was somebody at the other end of the phone who understood what I was going through and who was there for me and my family whenever we needed. That’s why I want to raise funds for the Stroke Association to help other people recovering from a stroke to get the support they need.”
Tam Marshall, Community and Events Fundraiser 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 our Resolution Runners to raise funds and help us conquer stroke. We’re thrilled Vicki is taking part; she has made an incredible recovery.
“At least half of strokes could be prevented if people made simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control and exercising more. The money raised will help the charity fund vital research, support people affected and prevent stroke.”
To sponsor Vicki, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Vicki-Hewlett. Entry fee is just £15. All runners receive a technical running t-shirt and medal. For more information about entering or volunteering at the Resolution Run, visit www.stroke.org.uk/resolution, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 330 0740.