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Litherland woman takes on Southport 10k after stroke

Press Release   •   Jun 08, 2017 11:12 BST

Clare Rooney, 36, from Litherland, is taking on the Southport 10k on Sunday 02 July, just over a year after she survived a life-changing stroke.

In April 2016, Clare had a stroke caused by six blood clots. The stroke affected Clare’s balance and the movement in her left side, as well as leaving her with severe tinnitus, anxiety and fatigue.

Clare said: “The stroke really shook me up, but with lots of help and support from the Stroke Association and the community stroke team, I have my confidence back. I feel even better than I did before my stroke.

“Now, I really want to give something back and mark a huge personal achievement by taking part in the Southport 10k. I’ve chosen to raise funds for the Stroke Association to help other stroke survivors and their families to get the support they need. I’ve just starting my training and I’m nervous about the day; I haven’t run since I was a child! All this has helped me and my dog buddy get out for walks together again.”

Laura McMullin, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “With around 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, it’s vital we have people like Clare to help raise vital funds. We’re incredibly grateful to Clare for taking on the Southport 10k for the Stroke Association; the money raised will go a long way in helping to support others who are living with the effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

To sponsor Clare, visit For more information about stroke, contact the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or 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