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Oxford daredevil to scale Mount Kilimanjaro for Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Aug 08, 2017 12:41 BST

A Didcot resident is embarking on a mammoth hike to the top of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Richard Pegden, 45, was inspired to take on the challenge after his younger sister had a stroke at the age of 37, in 2012.

Richard will begin his challenge on Thursday 5 October 2017. He said: “My sister Claire has been given so much support to help her rebuild her life after her stroke. Thankfully she has made a really good recovery, but it was a huge shock to us all. I never realised that someone so young and healthy could have a stroke.

“I’m raising funds for the Stroke Association to help other families like mine get the support they need. The charity does so much to raise awareness of this terrible condition. My training has been going very well and I’m now starting to really look forward to the hike.”

Emma Strong, Regional Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “With more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, it’s vital that we have people like Richard to help raise funds. We’re incredibly grateful to him for choosing to support the Stroke Association; the money raised will go a long way in helping to support people like his sister Claire, who are living with the effects of stroke, and their families and carers, as well as help to prevent people from having a stroke.”

To sponsor Richard, 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