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​Olympian Sharron Davies champions Step out for Stroke

Press release   •   Mar 05, 2015 17:15 GMT

Sharron Davies MBE, Olympic swimmer and well-known TV presenter, is championing the Stroke Association’s 2015 Step out for Stroke series. Sharron is encouraging stroke survivors, their families, friends and supporters to sign up to the sponsored walking events in their local community.

Sharron said: “Stroke has affected my family so I’ve seen first-hand just how devastating its effects can be. Step out for Stroke celebrates the achievements of stroke survivors as they walk alongside their friends and family, all while helping to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

“Each walk is wheelchair accessible and suitable for any level of walking ability. Participants can walk at their own pace, in their own time. Small steps can make a big difference; ultimately, Step out for Stroke celebrates the brave steps in a stroke survivor’s recovery.”

Sharron continues: “Please join me and sign up for a Step out for Stroke event. Your support will help the Stroke Association to be there every step of the way for those whose lives have been touched by stroke.”

In 2014, 56 Step out for Stroke walks were held across the UK with over 2,200 participants raising funds for the Stroke Association. This year is set to be even bigger than ever before, with around 5,000 people expected to take part.

Nic Clarke from the Stroke Association, added: “In 2014 we met some truly inspirational people who were taking their first steps since their stroke, and others who challenged themselves to walk as far as they could.

“Step out for Stroke is a fun walk that everyone can be part of, no matter what your age or fitness level. It’s the perfect event to take part in alongside friends and family. Every step makes a difference, and we want Step out for Stroke 2015 to be our biggest year yet. In 2014 we were thrilled to raise more than £150,000, but this year we’re aiming to raise more than a quarter of a million pounds. Join us to help even more stroke survivors take their first steps on the road to recovery and together we can conquer stroke.”

For more information on Step out for Stroke and to enter your nearest walk, visit www.stroke.org.uk/stepout

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