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Hampshire stroke survivor set to tackle Thames Bridges Bike Ride

Press Release   •   Aug 31, 2017 11:01 BST

A Hampshire stroke survivor is gearing up to take part in the Stroke Association’s Thames Bridges Bike Ride on Sunday 01 October.

David Ball, 70, from Romsey, had a mini-stroke (also known as a transient ischaemic attack or TIA) in January this year.

David said: "I’ve always loved the Stroke Association’s Thames Bridges Bike Ride, as my son and I have taken part in the event three times in 2010, 2011 and 2014. This year is going to be more poignant following my mini-stroke. I’d always been aware of stroke, and enjoyed supporting the charity in the Thames Bridges Bike Ride, but I never thought it would happen to me.

“My training has been going well, and I’m now really excited for the day itself. I’m just hoping the sun makes an appearance!”

The Thames Bridges Bike Ride 2017 will start at Kings House Sports Ground in Chiswick and participants can take part in a 55, 35 or eight-mile circular route. Each route will lead cyclists through London; taking in world-famous landmarks, crossing iconic and beautiful Thames Bridges.

Emma Evans, Events Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “With around 1.2 million people across the UK living with the devastating impact of stroke, it is vital that we have people like David at our Thames Bridges Bike Ride to raise funds and help us conquer stroke. The money raised will fund vital research and support for stroke survivors, as well as help to prevent people from having a stroke.

“We’re delighted that David has made a good recovery from his mini-stroke and is taking on the challenge for us. Thames Bridges Bike Ride is always such a fun event, we’re really looking forward to cheering on all the cyclists as they ride through London.”

The Thames Bridges Bike Ride will take place on Sunday 01 October 2017. The bike ride will start at alongside the Thames at Kings House Sports Ground. Supporters can take part in our eight, 35 or 55 mile route. For more information, please visit:

To sponsor David, please visit:

  • 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 more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. 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