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Norfolk woman tackles windmill climb for the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Aug 09, 2017 13:55 BST

Anna Bridle, 48, from Sporle is taking on the Spiral to the Summit windwill climbing challenge on Sunday 17 September 2017 to raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Anna was inspired to take on the climbing challenge after her husband, Iain Bridle, had a stroke in September 2015. Iain’s stroke left him with left-sided weakness and difficulties with his balance and vision. Iain has also had several mini-strokes earlier this year which have left him with speech problems.

The Spiral to the Summit will take place at the windmill in Swaffham, Norfolk. There are 305 steps to the top of a windmill and participants are free to climb as many times as they wish to try and reach famous mountain summits.

Anna said: “I am really looking forward to the event. I’ve brought myself a stepping machine, as we live in a bungalow, so I needed as much practice climbing up and down stairs. I try to do 305 per day to match the height of the windmill.

“After the amazing support Iain received from Stroke Association, I was keen to raise funds to help others get the support they need. We wanted to give something back to the charity and in doing so have also become volunteers and ambassadors.”

Louise Everett, 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 Anna to help raise vital funds. We’re incredibly grateful to Anna for her all of her support. At the Stroke Association we want to be there for everyone affected by a stroke, and the funds raised by Anna at her fundraising event will help make this a reality.”

Registration is £10 for adults and £5 children. Entry includes a T Shirt and certificate. To register and for more information 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