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​Hereford woman goes the extra mile for the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Feb 26, 2016 15:29 GMT

Sophie Jenkins, 29, from Hereford, is embarking on a fundraising mission for the Stroke Association, culminating in the Virgin London Marathon on 24 April this year.

Sophie was inspired to fundraise through her role in Wye Valley NHS Trust’s Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, where she supports local stroke survivors. She is also in her second year of training at Coventry University to become an Occupational Therapist.

Sophie said: “I work closely with stroke survivors to help them set rehabilitation goals, so they’re able to manage their condition as independently as possible. As well as providing practical support, we also signpost to the Stroke Association, which provides support and information for people affected by a stroke and their families.

“The Stroke Association also has local support groups that run in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye. I was inspired to go the extra mile and take on a fundraising challenge after seeing the huge difference the charity makes to people affected by stroke.”

Ahead of the London Marathon, Sophie is organising a quiz night at Hereford City Sports Club on Wednesday 24 February, followed by a glittering Monte Carlo themed charity ball on Saturday 26 March. The evening will take place at Left Bank in Hereford where guests will enjoy a three course meal, a pop-up casino, live music, and a silent auction.

Sophie continued: “I’m aiming to raise around £2,000, so I’m organising the quiz night and ball ahead of the marathon to help me reach my target. Training is going well and I’m running around six miles every other day, although it’s stepping up each week now! I’m also calling out to local businesses and organisations for their support with prizes for our charity auction at the ball, so any donations would be hugely appreciated.”

Claire Benfield, Regional Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “Sophie is truly going the extra mile for the Stroke Association, by not only taking part in the London Marathon but organising these fantastic fundraising events in the lead up to the race. Without the efforts of fundraisers like Sophie, we wouldn’t be able to support the 120,000 people in the West Midlands who are currently living with the devastating effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

Tickets for the Monte Carlo charity ball are available from Contrast, Number 2 Maylord Street, Hereford, and are priced at £50 each or £450 for a table of 10. Entry to the Quiz Night is just £2 on the door. For further information please contact MrsSophieJJenkins@gmail.com

To sponsor Sophie, please visit www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Jenkins-london-marathon. For more information about stroke, 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