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​Kidderminster woman tackles Great Birmingham Run for the Stroke Association

Press release   •   Jul 20, 2016 14:35 BST

Hayley Brooks, 28, from Kidderminster, will take on the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 16 October 2016 to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Hayley was inspired to take part in the half marathon after her grandad, Sidney Brooks, had a stroke in March 2007. After his stroke, Sidney lost the use of his right side and spent three months in hospital before moving into a care home. Sidney lived with his disability for seven years before he passed away in May 2014at the age of 92.

Hayley said: “Grandad was a happy go-lucky man, who always looked out for others. His stroke changed all of our lives and despite losing the use of his right side, he always had a smile on his face.

“I was extremely close to my grandad so supporting the Stroke Association in his memory means a great deal to me. I only took up running in January this year and I’m finding my training tough. The memory of my grandad, as well as the knowledge that I’m raising funds for other families affected by stroke, is what will get me over the finish line.”

Hayley’s 13.1 mile route will takes in some of the city's most iconic sights, including the Bullring, the Cadbury World in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground.

Katrin Winstanley, Events 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 for people affected by stroke. We’re incredibly grateful to Hayley for taking on this challenge. The money will go a long way in helping to support people who are living with the effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

To sponsor Hayley, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hayley-Brooks3

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 one of the largest causes of 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